Elsevier and the climate crisis: a charge

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Bryan Alexander

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Feb 24, 2022, 12:40:47 PMFeb 24
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I expect to see more of this politics within the academic world:
The Guardian: Revealed: leading climate research publisher helps fuel oil and gas drilling.

David Wojick

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Feb 24, 2022, 2:23:07 PMFeb 24
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At this time we need a lot more gas and oil. It is how I heat my home and power my car, both of which I hope to keep doing. In fact I would like to see the present high price of both come down. That there is a crisis is a matter of debate, with the Guardian well on one side. 

David

On Feb 24, 2022, at 1:40 PM, Bryan Alexander <bryan.a...@gmail.com> wrote:


I expect to see more of this politics within the academic world:
The Guardian: Revealed: leading climate research publisher helps fuel oil and gas drilling.

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ghampson nationalscience.org

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Feb 24, 2022, 2:55:45 PMFeb 24
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Interesting Bryan. Thanks. Science is, of course, full of moral and ethical tensions---the use of animals in medical research, embryonic stem cell use, research on the widespread deployment of facial recognition technology, weapons research (Neil de Grasse Tyson wrote a great book about how astrophysicists and defense officials basically attend all the same conferences), research on genetically modified plants to make them more resistant to disease and drought (which makes complete sense to some and is reckless tinkering to others), and on and on. The fact that books and journals are published about oil and gas extraction isn’t a moral-ethical juxtaposition of any different type or magnitude, I think---just a reflection the reality that we’re still very much dependent on oil and gas (rightly or wrongly, for better or worse). Mario or Susan can no doubt wax philosophic about this---maybe someone can recommend a good book on this topic? The Guardian didn’t really put this tension into context but just focused on an anti-Elsevier shin-kicking.

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