The Royal Society’s Credibility Gap

It may be time to inject truth serum into the water pipes at Britain’s Royal Society.

I reach this conclusion after reading an exchange between Dr. Russell Seitz and the president of the Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees, on Dr. Seitz’s blog, Adamant.

Dr. Seitz reprints, without comment, his own op-ed in the Wall Street Journal concerning the Royal Society’s effort to convince ExxonMobil to change its philanthropic priorities, and Baron Rees’s response.

In his response, Baron Rees claims: “The Royal Society has never asked Exxon to stop funding any organizations.” He continues: “At a meeting, instigated by Exxon, the Society pointed out that the company was funding a number of groups that have been misinforming the public about the scientific evidence on climate change. The company freely made a pledge to stop this funding, and the letter Mr. Seitz cites in his article followed up that assurance.”

Uh huh.

Here’s a link to the Guardian article that made the Royal Society’s letter famous, with a link to the letter.

Judge for yourself.


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