Saturday, November 26, 2011

1997 email to UEA's Mike Hulme: "doing good things for the cause"; "no one is going to check"; "forget the screening"; "delegates we want to influence"; "Greenpeace...and other NGOs can further spread the word"

1997 ClimateGate email:

From: Joseph Alcamo <> To:, Subject: Timing, Distribution of the Statement Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 18:52:33 0100 Reply-to:

Mike, Rob,

Sounds like you guys have been busy doing good things for the cause.

I would like to weigh in on two important questions --

Distribution for Endorsements -- I am very strongly in favor of as wide and rapid a distribution as possible for endorsements.   I think the only thing that counts is numbers. The media is going to say  "1000 scientists signed" or "1500 signed".  No one is going to check if it is 600 with PhDs versus 2000 without.  They will mention the prominent ones, but that is a different story.

Conclusion -- Forget the screening, forget asking them about their last publication (most will ignore you.)  Get those names!

Timing -- I feel strongly that the week of 24 November  is too late.  1.  We wanted to announce the Statement in the period when there was a sag in related news,  but in the week before Kyoto we should expect that we will have to crowd out many other articles about climate.  2.  If the Statement comes out just a few days before Kyoto I am afraid that the delegates who we want to influence will not have any time to pay attention to it.  We should give them a few weeks to hear about it.  3.  If Greenpeace is having an event the week before, we should have it a week before them so that they and other NGOs can further spread the word about the Statement.  On the other hand, it wouldn't be so bad to release the Statement  in the same week,  but on a diffeent day.  The media might enjoy hearing the message from two very different directions.
---------------------------------------------------- Prof. Dr. Joseph Alcamo,  Director Center for Environmental Systems Research University of Kassel Kurt Wolters Strasse 3 D-34109 Kassel Germany

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