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Walport Bashes The Guardian … Better Late Than Never

Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill

A few weeks ago Adam Vaughan wrote an article in Guardian that suggested that a report by Mark Walport, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, had compared the risks of fracking to thalidomide and asbestos. Vaughan’s contribution to the debate has now received an extremely cutting response from Sir Mark (see update at link above):

The Guardian article that linked fracking with thalidomide and asbestos is a florid example of what my report argued most strongly against. It confuses arguments about science with value propositions. It selected one sentence from one evidence paper, quoted it in part, and in doing so misrepresented both the report and indeed the evidence paper itself.

Marvellous stuff. I just don’t quite understand why Sir Mark has chosen this moment to speak out about Guardian Eco playing fast and loose with the facts. They do much worse than this on an almost daily basis.

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