Alarmists should learn some common courtesy…

"Manners maketh man"

Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That? fame is currently in Australia on a speaking tour. I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony at the talk in Rockdale, Sydney on Sunday. Now it appears that Anthony has been given a rough time by our old “friend” Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (see here), who demonstrates that he has fewer manners than you’d expect to find in a kindergarten playground:

The Tuesday night meeting in Brisbane on the WUWT Australian tour had a bit of unexpected fireworks courtesy of Aussie reef scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. The meeting started off with some protestors outside holding placards with the tired old messages claiming “funding by big oil”…etc. Ove actually incited this on his blog, saying that “The Climate Shifts crew and other scientists will be there en masse to record and debunk the lies that will be told.”

The “en masse” was about 5, maybe 6 people by my count.

I’ve never met Ove, never corresponded with him, and after watching his behavior firsthand, I’m not sure I would have wanted to. His behavior left me with the impression that he was the antithesis of a professional person. At least the lady from Oxfam and the fellow in the green shirt who came up to me afterwards had manners, even though they disagreed with me, and I thank them for that. Ove never made the effort to say hello.

I think that tells us all we need to know about Ove.

Read it here.


  1. It really was appalling behaviour. He kept grabbing the mike, and wouldn’t give it back. He got offended when someone mispronounced his name. He heckled during the panelists responses to both his questions and others’ questions.
    Bob Carter did a tremendous job of as MC to keep it together, and was quite gracious, which only made O H-G look even worse.
    But I think the worst thing was that he didn’t have anything to say. He kept going on about how many thousand scientists made up the IPCC AR4, but given that he a scientist who has made a career out of studying the EFFECTS of potential AGW, he should recognise that nearly all the AR4 authors were working on the effect/impacts, not the cause.
    And to keep telling us how well-funded the sceptics are, when it was more than clear that no-one on the panel had anything like the grant money he receives for his work, only made him look silly. It was an audience that had come to listen to facts, and he only had rhetoric.

  2. Baa Humbug says:

    Simon PULLEEAASEEE remove or photo shop that mans picture. Otherwise i am not visiting your site anymore.

    I’ve tangled with that [snip] at Bolts blog. He avoids difficult questions then runs away. I really don’t want to see his face, ruins my day.

    thnku in advance

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