BY IAN WISHART
American computer scientist and business consultant John Mashey has been making hay from documents suggesting conservative think tank Heartland has funded climate skeptics.
The irony is that the firm Mashey and three colleagues consult for, Techvisor, touts for business advising on “cleantech” and climate change issues. There is no disclosure in the PDF that Mashey prepared on Heartland of his role with Techvisor or its “clean energy” clientele.
Nor is there any reference to Techvisor’s financial interests in the climate change gravy train in Mashey’s covering article on DesmogBlog.
Nor does DesmogBlog’s biography of Mashey mention his links to Techvisor and its climate change consultancy work.
But then, given DesmogBlog’s own undeclared financial conflicts of interest, in my opinion it’s not surprising.
I’m not taking issue here with Mashey’s analysis which I haven’t examined…I am merely noting that it’s a bit rich for those making money from the global warming scare to be criticising others for spending their money counteracting the climate untruths spun by “Big Green” and its PR hacks.
UPDATE: John Mashey protests that his consultancy is commercially small meat. The issue from my POV however is not quantum but purely the issue of disclosure, especially from someone highlighting disclosure issues. A commercial financial interest in the climate change gravy train needs to be disclosed. DeSmog has been deservedly pinged in my view.