Thursday, December 20, 2012

BioEdge: Massive fraud by Dutch psychologist shows weak side of scientific method
The credibility of the field of social psychology is at risk, a Dutch panel has found after reviewing massive misconduct by a researcher who published dozens of articles based on fraudulent data in 15 years at three universities.

Diederik Stapel was a psychologist with a long list of publications and a stellar career. He had an eye for media-friendly research topics – meat eaters are more selfish than vegetarians, for example. But in 2011, whistleblowers alerted authorities at Tilburg University about irregularities in his published papers. His reputation unravelled quickly. Stapel has admitted that he had fiddled his data and fabricated research results and has returned his PhD.
EU Willing To Buy US Shale Gas | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
The delivery of liquefied shale gas from the United States to Europe could redraw the entire geopolitical energy map.
Mike D’Virgilio: Another Blow To Malthus And His Progeny | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
One of the great surprises to almost everyone in this early part of the 21st Century is the explosion of American energy production. It is almost as shocking as the fall of the Berlin Wall, if not quite as iconic.
Keystone Protesters Pay Price for Camping in Texas Trees - Bloomberg
Protesters trying to save the world by sitting in trees or blocking equipment used to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline are learning that environmental activism can be a ticket to lengthy jail time in East Texas.
“This is the front line where the climate debate comes onto the ground and you can come over and kick it,” said Eddie Scher, a Sierra Club spokesman. The Washington-based group calls itself the largest, most effective U.S. environmental advocate. “There isn’t an inch of space between us and the blockaders.”
“Gangs of tree sitters who trespass and defecate on landowners’ property don’t understand Texas values and culture,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said in an essay posted on his website in October. He called the protesters “a bunch of out-of-state, self-appointed eco-anarchists.”
You have just about every mainstream NGO speaking about game over for the planet if this pipeline is built,” said Ron Seifert, a blockade spokesman, referring to nongovernmental organizations.
Protesters who remain in the Nacogdoches camp are inviting activists to a training seminar starting Jan. 3, Cagle said. Organizers want to find indoor accommodations soon as temperatures fall near freezing at night, she said.
“All you do in jail is sleep and eat and then wait to eat and watch TV,” said Lizzy Alvarado, 20, a cinematography major at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches who spent 28 hours in the trees before she was ordered to descend, and then was arrested. “Going to jail was part of what I wanted to do.”

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