Below is a partial reprint from the always excellent Graham Readfearn on the sacking on the recent sacking of one Professor Murray Salby. It comes via Desmogblog.
Before that, let’s look at how the deniers hoped to framed the incident.
Without doubt, they see Salby as victim of a great injustice and have taken to their blogs to decry both his dismissal and the implied censorship of dissenting voices in science.
Anthony Watts harrumphed :
Just last week we heard that Dr. Robert Carter had been blackballed at his own university where he served as department chair, and now we have this from Dr. Murray Salby, sent via email.
Between John Cook, Stephan Lewandowsky, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, plus Mike Marriot and his idiotic ideas, I’m beginning to think Australia is ground zero for AGW crackpottery.
This email’s accusations (if true I have independent confirmation now, title changed to reflect this – Anthony) is quite something, it illustrates the disturbing lengths a university will go to suppress ideas they don’t agree with. So much for academic freedom at Macquarie University.
Thanks for that Anthony, I note the personal insults continue (/wink).
He also dismisses Australia as a land of crack pots. Mr Watts dismissal of myself and 20 odd million Australians is typical of his grandiosity (/wink, wink, wink, wink… and wink in case you missed the irony and implied humor of that sentence Mr. Watts).
Perth’s resident climate sceptic and conspiracy theorist Jo Nova has kicked her sense of outrage into overdrive. She also sneeringly dismisses Macquarie as an educational institution:
I suggest that a university of this type (if that is what Macquarie is) would train good bottle-washers, but not researchers who break new ground.
I’m sure those comments help Salby’s cause no end.
However it would seem Salby has a less than spotless past, as Graham notes in DeSmogBlog post:
A CLIMATE sceptic professor fired from his Australian university for alleged policy breaches had previously been banned for three years from accessing US taxpayer-funded science research money. Dr Murry Salby, sacked in May by Macquarie University in…
Dr Murry Salby, sacked in May by Macquarie University in Sydney, was the subject of a long investigation by the US National Science Foundation.
The investigation, which was finished in February 2009, concluded that over a period when Dr Salby was working at the University of Colorado, he had likely fabricated time sheets in relation to research paid for through NSF money.
And so Salby was fired his previous role at the University of Colorado for “deceptive conduct”:
We conclude that the Subject (Dr Salby) has engaged in a long-running course of deceptive conduct involving both his University and NSF. His conduct reflects a consistent willingness to violate rules and regulations, whether federal or local, for his personal benefit. This supports a finding that the Subject is not presently responsible, and we recommend that he be debarred for five years.
One wonders how the deniers will responds to this?
Prediction: more claims of conspiracy (/wink).