Watt about the Chinese Academy of Sciences?

Watts Up With That (WUWT) had a recent post titled Heartlands NIPCC report to be accepted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in special ceremony. Now, as far as I can tell, the title is fairly clear and unambiguous.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has released a statement that includes the following

(3) Since there is absolutely no ground for the so called CAS endorsement of the report, and the actions by the Heartland Institute went way beyond acceptable academic integrity, we have requested by email to the president of the Heartland Institute that the false news on its website to be removed. We also requested that the Institute issue a public apology to CAS for the misleading statement on the CAS endorsement.

(4) If the Heartland Institute does not withdraw its false news or refuse to apologize, all the consequences and liabilities should be borne by the Heartland Institute. We reserve the right for further actions to protect the rights of CAS and the translators group.

I wonder if Anthony is going to clarify what he meant by the title of his WUWT post and if he stands by what this post is presumably claiming.

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8 Responses to Watt about the Chinese Academy of Sciences?

  1. Fragmeister says:

    Willard does seem to have to change headlines quite frequently. But doesn’t change the article. Odd that.

  2. Indeed. However, one of the reasons I wrote the post as I did is because the article doesn’t really make any claims about the CAS and the report being accepted in a special ceremony. The article, alone, may technically say nothing that isn’t strictly true. It’s the headline that is apparently misleading.

  3. Fragmeister says:

    I tried thenlinknfrom Watts’s story to Heartland to check their press release. It said access denied. Have they taken it down, changed it or do I need to register with the? The latter ain’t gonna happen.

  4. I noticed that too. I assumed it had been taken down, but don’t know for sure.

  5. Rachel says:

    I wonder what the threat of “consequences and liabilities” by the Chinese Academy of Science means? Sounds ominous.

  6. dana1981 says:

    Interesting while Heartland is in major damage control mode, taking down all press releases and blog posts about the event and saying “we didn’t mean anything by it, honest!”, they haven’t made any statements admitting any sort of error or apologizing. Based on blog comments from Heartland’s Lakely, it sounds like they’re going to instead try and launch some sort of offensive, probably blaming the ‘lamestream media’ for misrepresenting them (that would be some tasty irony).

    I doubt the Chinese will appreciate that tact. While Heartland never said the CAS ‘endorsed’ their report, they did imply as much several times, for example saying that the Chinese government has decided to oppose international climate negotiations for both economic and scientific reasons.

    It’s a similar situation to Watts’ headline that they “accepted” the report. I’m sure they will argue they never said the CAS was endorsing the report, but the implications are crystal clear. And I highly doubt the Chinese will enjoy playing Heartland’s semantics game. They would be much wiser to just apologize and cut their losses before they do any more damage.

  7. Indeed, it would be much wiser to just apologise and move on. It appears that this is not the normal style of those involved though.

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