There Is No Free Lunch, But How About Two Free Dinners and Your Name on the Heartland Institute's NIPCC Report.
Honorary authorship is a device, often seen in the scientific literature and frowned upon greatly. It comes in several flavors, amongst them are the money guy gambit (grant PI but did none of the work, OTOH we gotta add his name to keep the funding), the I'm your boss guy (and you are going to add my name to the paper, even though I did not do any of the work), the please your boss guy (if this bunny adds that bunny's name to the paper maybe that bunny will vote for this bunny's tenure) and the how are we going to get anyone to believe this nonsense guy (let's add the name of some Nobel Prize winner to the author's list).
Eli has recently come into possession of an interesting missive from one S. Fred Singer, sent to some sixty worthies in 2009, many of whose names the readers of Rabett Run would recognize, offering what appears to be Honorary Authorships by the five dozen
From: "S. Fred Singer"
Subject: NIPCC -- 2nd Edition
Date: January 25, 2009 8:19:22 PM CST
Cc: (Let Eli not go there for now)
Attachments: 2 Attachments, 135.4 KB
We are readying a 2nd updated and slightly expanded edition of the NIPCC Summary, to be published in March/April 2008
Pls read the attached Preface and consider adding yr name as a contributor/reviewer (We are blurring the disitnction on purpose to provide deniability to some who are concerned about repercussions)
I hope you will accept this invitation and send me BY JANUARY 31 a 2-3-line bio-sketch, along the model shown on page 29 of the NIPCC report Nature Not Human Activity Rules the Climate http://www.sepp.org/publications/NIPCC_final.pdf
Thank you -- and best wishes for 2009!
NIPCC participants are invited to a dinner on March 9 in NY City during the Heartland Conference and to a dinner on April 23 (or 24) during the EGU General Assembly in Vienna. I am to present an invited paper in Session GD10 (see attached abstract)
To their credit, all except one on the list did not bite. The only Email on the list which corresponds to someone all the Rabetts know and admire who is also listed as an author on the 2009 is one Nicholas Scarfetta. Now, of course, this is not ironclad proof, in the sense, that maybe NS called Fred up and asked to add something or, in the ambiguous words of the Email "blurring the disitnction on purpose to provide deniability" (sic) reviewed the thing, and indeed that someone accepted is not such a huge deal given the general reputation of the NIPCC, but that the honor :) was offered, ah tells you something about Heartland and Fred. Indeed this is not the first time that S. Fred has played the author/reviewer game.
S. Fred Singer, PhD, President
Science & Environmental Policy Project . .
http :// www.sepp.org
And, of course, Fred did not only offer Honorary Authorship, in a bid to spice up the Heartland Institute's NIPCC Report, but even better than a single free lunch, two free dinners. And Eli might speculate that the Heartland bought some mighty fine dinners
So the answer to the question above is that Heartland provides dinner, oh yes, and hard cash. For the NIPCC report SEPP (or in other words S. Fred) got 143K$ for that in case anybunny wonders what the wages of obfustication are. And he and Craig Idso appear to have remained on the payroll into 2012.
Eli awaits anxiously the soon to appear 2013 edition. He expects an offer in the moment, with a wonderful gift of carrot cake and cookies.