Anti-American Prejudice in Brussels: Where is the T-TIPping Point?

Will negotiators in Brussels and Washington be able to agree on and push through a TTIP pact? Forget it. The anti-American, anti-TTIP campaigners inside the Brussels Bubble have sharpened their Eur-redneck knives and tongues to squash that gosling in its nest.

The Logic of Risks

Are Naturalist Nutters showing signs of inconsistency or of a sudden logical outburst when they criticise those who do not vaccinate? Hardly – they are exhibiting a perfectly justifiable illogic that easily harmonises contradictory thinking. We need to accept that there is no logic to risk decisions and learn how to manage risks in an emotional, anecdotal world.

The pirates code … a fiction

In today’s world beyond trust, there are calls for industry and government to adhere to codes of conduct. Why is it that those who scream the loudest for this, do not themselves have or adhere to codes of conduct? Are their values better than ours?

The Environmental-Industrial Complex Revisited

Five years ago, the world was on the brink of collapse from catastrophic climate change. As fear-mongers got rich, the Risk-Monger had a rich picking of ridiculous cases of abusive PR and scientific activism. The Environmental-Industrial Complex has evolved over these five years, but is showing no signs of weakening its hold on our media attention, fear levels or pocket-books.

Message to the IUCN Activist Scientists: Rules Matter

The IUCN Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides has been set up essentially as a political front group – they do not do any original research, are not transparent on their membership or amount of funding and was formed to do PR and political activism. Their activism is damaging the reputation of science. They need to understand that rules matter.

My Christmas Wish-list

As Christmas approaches, the Risk-Monger finds himself on Santa’s Naughty List. See how he tries to wiggle out of this one and presents three simple ideas for 2015!

The Bee-Sting: Activist Scientists and the Abuse of Power

The third and final activist bee science blog looks at how activist scientists have got into government panels like EFSA and are changing the way risk assessments are done. Laden with conflicts of interest, they have delegitimised the entire process and put the European Commission into a terribly compromised position. As the game plays out, nobody cares about the real victims – the farmers.

The IUCN’s Activist Science Bee-Team: Who’s Who and Who’s Funding Them

The IUCN Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides has surrounded itself with like-minded thinkers campaigning to ban neonicotinoids, receiving funds from organisations that want to hit industry hard and promote organic farming. They declare that they have no conflict of interest.

IUCN’s Anti-Neonic Pesticide Taskforce: An exposé into activist science

What if scientists got caught acting without scientific integrity? What if they formed a group with political ambitions to juice up the science so they could campaign against another group? Would they be credible? Would their science serve as the basis for policy? Only an idiot would accept that. Why then did we?

Who is a scientist? Discerning activist science from credible science

Not all scientists follow standard practices or operate according to agreed upon codes of conduct. Some are motivated by other ambitions. How can we determine who a credible scientist is? Is the science proposed by politically motivated and very vocal activists the best available evidence? Without a chief scientific adviser, how do we know?

Greenpeace: Pushing the limits of PR into dangerous waters

Posted by The Risk Monger on 17/11/14
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Greenpeace risked the lives of its volunteers this weekend, leading to a 23-year-old woman being taken to hospital when Spanish authorities tried to stop their attack on an oil installation. Greenpeace has to learn to stop promoting acts of “environmental heroism” among its young recruits and then putting their lives in danger for cheap PR stunts.

Europe without a Chief Scientific Adviser? Oh Dear!

Today is a sad day for the European Union. After a clever and persistent lobbying campaign, Corporate Europe Observatory and the Green 10 have succeeded in removing the post of a Chief Scientific Adviser. There is no longer a safety mechanism within the European Commission to ensure, better, more evidence-based policymaking.

Why I am proud to be a climate sceptic!

Posted by The Risk Monger on 04/11/14
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I, the Risk-Monger, am a climate sceptic. There, I said it. I came out and it is a relief.

Supply Chain Shame

Supply chains are hardly the source of innovation and product development. As the soft spot of industry competition and dirty tactics, the lack of cooperation and coordination along the supply chain signify industry weakness and opportunity for others. It will only worsen.

Ebola: Scary? Yes! Significant? No!

While the latest outbreak of Ebola is certainly a tragedy, its use by the media and political activists is sadly opportunistic. This crisis should provide the opportunity for us to consider fast-tracking development programmes in these poor West African countries.

The “Save the Bees” Ban: Failed Crops and another Precautionary Fail: Who is to Blame?

The recent precautionary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides to save the bees has gone badly wrong in less than a year. Oilseed rape crops are being devastated and Member States are now allowing neonics to be used as emergency measures. Farmers and scientists had warned anyone who would listen, but no one in the European Commission was interested in dialogue. Remember the basic maxim: Never outsource policy-making to campaign-driven activists.

The Revolving Door Turns in Both Directions

Posted by The Risk Monger on 11/09/14
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As the new Commission team sets up in Brussels, the Risk-Monger would like to take the opportunity to congratulate those who have served the European Union over the past years. Many of them will take up positions in the private sector. Good on them!!!

In Praise of Anne Glover

As activists along the halls of the Mundo-B building smell blood and put their PR machines into high gear, a bit of rationality should be restored to the question of the role of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. It is high time to acknowledge the great work that Dr Anne Glover has done. In short, high-level advice must be given to the president in confidence by a single individual.

The sorry state of the Risk-Monger’s liver

The Risk-Monger sincerely hopes this is the last time he will ever have to blog on the irresponsible antics of the activist campaigner cum journalist, Stéphane Horel. Quite simply, his liver cannot take much more.

The need for a European Transparency Registry … FOR JOURNALISTS!

This week, as a known activist and anti-industry lobbyist releases a “documentary” where she pretends to be a journalist, we see a good illustration of the need for a mechanism to separate the real journalists from the predators. Like lobbyists, journalists should have a transparency registry so innocent policy-makers and industry representatives can communicate in good faith, without deception and ulterior motives.