Muir Russell

Also there are some interesting statements by Muir Russell in various posts. Let’s collect them here for reference. Again no debating.

23 Comments

  1. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 1:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

    http://www.concrete-online.co.uk/content/sir-muir-russell-lead-inquiry-climate-data-scandal.html

    Upon his inauguration Sir Muir said: “I agreed very willingly to Professor Acton’s request to undertake this Independent Review. Given the nature of the allegations it is right that someone who has no links to either the University or the Climate Science community looks at the evidence”. Sir Muir’s independence from the scientific community has been welcomed by the spectrum of interested parties, who have agreed that this lends the review the degree of objectivity required in order for it to remain impartial and authoritative.

    • Poly
      Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM | Permalink | Reply

      The quotes end midway through the paragraph.

      • Poly
        Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

        Is this a collection of quotes FROM Russel or ABOUT Russel? Your headpost says the former. So why are you doing the latter?

  2. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM | Permalink | Reply

    http://news.scotsman.com/opinion/Controversial-choice-for-Climategate-committee.6069595.jp

    Prof Boulton said he had been open about having worked at the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA between 1968 and 1986.

  3. Poly
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM | Permalink | Reply

    In the headpost, you said you wanted a collection of quotes, no debate allowed. But then in your very first collected quote, you give commentary on the quote (seemingly in the same breath!)

    “Sir Muir’s independence from the scientific community has been welcomed by the spectrum of interested parties, who have agreed that this lends the review the degree of objectivity required in order for it to remain impartial and authoritative.”

    And on the substance of this, does this mean you are speaking for the “spectrum” via your passive voice construction?
    Steve: It was a quote not an editorial comment

    • Poly
      Posted Feb 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Was it a quote by him or about him? Are you trying to collect his quotes (as you said)? If you collect commentary, how is that different than debate?

  4. Steve Robbins
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM | Permalink | Reply

    A quote, below, from The Scotsman, here — http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/news/UN-asks-Did-British-experts.5886722.jp — (ht, Bishop Hill, here — http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2010/2/17/sir-muir-on-independence.html –) which adds a little bit to the end of the Sir Muir quote that you cited above:

    Sir Muir said: “Given the nature of the allegations, it is right someone who has no links to either the university or the climate science community looks at the evidence and makes recommendations based on what they find.”

  5. Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM | Permalink | Reply

    http://www.thegwpf.org/news/476-lawson-calls-for-cru-inquiry-to-be-held-in-public.html

    Nigel Lawson’s open letter to Russell, 27 Jan 10

  6. Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM | Permalink | Reply

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8393449.stm

    Original BBC report on set up, 3 Dec 09

  7. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM | Permalink | Reply

    http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2009/dec/CRUreview

    Sir Muir Russell, Head of the Independent Review, said: “I agreed very willingly to Professor Acton’s request to undertake this Independent Review. Given the nature of the allegations it is right that someone who has no links to either the University or the Climate Science community looks at the evidence and makes recommendations based on what they find. My first task is to scope the project, gather the information I need and source the additional expertise that will be required in order to investigate fully the allegations that have been made. Once this has happened I will

  8. Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sir Muir said at today’s launch of the review’s terms of reference that he will not shirk from in-depth probing of the content of the emails and this will not be influenced by the fact that the UEA will be meeting the inquiry’s costs. Dr Campbell’s involvement is not a conflict of interest, he insisted.

  9. 3Ms
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sorry here is the link

    http://m.independent.co.uk/;article=1/environment/climate-change/

  10. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 7:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    This is an email I received after making a voluntary submission from the public(me).

    “Sir/Madam
    Many thanks for your email to the independent Climate Change Email Review. All emails will be read and eventually published by the Review.
    If relevant to the Review remit, your email will be considered as a submission by the Review team.
    Where possible we will try to respond to questions raised, though the volume of emails received means that this may take time.

    With best wishes
    The independent Climate Change Email Review team”

  11. David S
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Not a comment by Sir Muir, but one about him:

    “Heads will not roll despite the massive pounds 400million overspend and three-year delay building Holyrood.
    Inquiry chief Lord Fraser named those responsible yesterday for failing the people of Scotland as he published his long-awaited report into the parliament scandal.
    He said the worst errors were made by senior civil servants, who failed to tell ministers about huge cost increases.
    Sir Muir Russell presided over a bureaucratic machine which was inadequate and out of its depth….”

    Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) September 16, 2004

    Seems like just the man for the job, then.

  12. Poly
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM | Permalink | Reply

    What a train wreck.

  13. Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Again, not a comment by Muir, but about him

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/327/5968/934/DC1

    Phil Jones talking:

    Q: What are your plans as a scientist now, apart from dealing with this Muir Russell review.

    P.J.: That’s the main thing I have to deal with now. I’ve really got nothing else to do at the moment. That’s the main thing I’m doing.

    I think the whole interview contains more than a few false claims.

  14. David L. Hagen
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sir Muir issued a statement last week claiming that the inquiry members, who are investigating leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia, did not have a “predetermined view on climate change and climate science”.

    UN must investigate warming ‘bias’, says former climate chief Times Online 15 Feb 2010

  15. Dirk
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 9:23 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I’m sorry to put this here, but don’t know where to put it

    - Steve – so spend 5 minutes to find a spot

  16. David L. Hagen
    Posted Feb 18, 2010 at 9:46 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Sir Muir Russell said:

    “This Review must determine if there is evidence of poor scientific practice, as well as investigate allegations around the manipulation and suppression of data.

    “As others have pointed out, it would be impossible to find somebody with the qualifications and experience we need who has not formed an opinion on climate change.

    “I am completely confident that each member of the Review team has the integrity, the expertise, and the experience to complete our work impartially.”

    Allegations of bias against Review member rejected 15 February 2010
    ——————

    Campbell said “I made the remarks in good faith on the basis of media reports of the leaks. As I have made clear subsequently, I support the need to for a full review of the facts behind the leaked e-mails.”

    “There must be nothing that calls into question the ability of the independent Review to complete this task, and therefore I have decided to withdraw from the team.”

    Russell added, “I have spoken to Philip Campbell, and I understand why he has withdrawn. I regret the loss of his expertise, but I respect his decision.”

    “We are completely independent,” Russell told reporters. “We’re free to reach any conclusions that we wish. We are free to follow questions wherever they take us.”

    Nature Climate Feedback Olive Heffernan February 11, 2010

    ———————-
    See Russel statements in: Partial Transcript of Inquiry Press Conference”

    See: Compilation on news on Muir Russell

  17. Dave McK
    Posted Feb 19, 2010 at 1:06 AM | Permalink | Reply

    “Russell’s leadership was further called into question when it emerged that the University was under investigation by its main backer the Scottish Funding Council for imposing so called “gagging orders” upon staff [1]. The practice, widely seen as incompatible with academic freedom, was suspected of possibly being an attempt to silence would be whistle-blowers.”

    http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Muir-Russell

  18. Martin Ackroyd
    Posted Feb 20, 2010 at 6:06 AM | Permalink | Reply

    http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Muir-Russell

    “Russell’s leadership was further called into question when it emerged that the University was under investigation by its main backer the Scottish Funding Council for imposing so called “gagging orders” upon staff [1]. The practice, widely seen as incompatible with academic freedom, was suspected of possibly being an attempt to silence would be whistle-blowers.”

    • Martin Ackroyd
      Posted Feb 20, 2010 at 6:08 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry – I just noticed my posting is identical to the one before it by Dave McK – dunno how I managed that. Martin

  19. ZT
    Posted Feb 21, 2010 at 3:21 PM | Permalink | Reply

    In the voice recording of the Feb-11-2010 press briefing:
    http://www.cce-review.org/downloads/IC_A_021109.MP3
    Sir Muir says (at 22:33)
    “As to the question of what we bring to the party in terms of views about about climate change, um, I’m quite happy that my colleagues should say where they stand on all of that – um – but I would just want to emphasize that the selection was made precisely of people who did not come with an active practicing operation as it were within the area that the remit of the review is about in terms of climate change science – because we wanted to be able to look at the issues and to understand what we were being told but to stand back from questions of people who would come with some kind of track record.”

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