End of the Line . . .

May 16th, 2007

Posted by: Roger Pielke, Jr.

After three years of blogging, I have decided to take an extended break that just-so-happens to coincide with my sabbatical leave. Oh, I’ll be promoting my book here and there, but I won’t be posting regularly. It has been a fun experience, even with the obvious downsides, but it is time to close this chapter.

Prometheus, I hope, will continue to provoke and irritate, as is our custom, so don’t go far!

12 Responses to “End of the Line . . .”

  1. Eric Berger Says:


    Say it isn’t so. This blog has proven to be a great resource since I discovered it a year or so ago.

    Enjoy your break and hopefully you’ll come back refreshed.


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  3. jack Says:

    Always sad to see a blogger leave a blog, but I guess you have your reasons. Enjoy your sabbatical, even though this is my first visit (and first comment!)

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  5. Don Thieme Says:

    Enjoy your sabattical. I just took a few weeks off myself. Sometimes we all need a break from the abundance of information and lively debate on the internet.

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  7. Damien Jorgensen Says:

    We’ll I’ll miss reading your blogs.

    Hope you get back to it soon!

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  9. bubba Says:

    Enjoy the sabbatical, sir. I’ve really enjoyed the science policy aspect of the issues you cover here that few others seem to want to tackle or even understand.

    And I hope this has nothing to do with the unceasing harassment of the self-appointed, Wahabbi-like “Committee for Scientific Orthodoxy and Suppression of Heretical Deviance” that seems to follow you everywhere on the internet.

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  11. garhane Says:

    You have always been an enemy of science but in a sneaky way.It is good that fewer people will be induced by your sidewinder routines away from the path of straight science. Doubtless you will have a role in appointed boards of this or that where your chamaleon apptitudes successfully deceive. But that will only count among those who wish to be deceived.

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  13. fergus Says:

    Though I frequent many climate blogs, not all of whom have been kind to you or about you, I have always felt that Prometheus had a significant role to play in making acceptance of action on climate change more palatable to those who might otherwise baulk at it. I have also felt that you have, to my eyes, been unfairly characterised as a procrastinator, when it seems obvious that you have been involved in work of political value for all this time.

    Does this mean that Prometheus is now defunct, or will some of your colleagues take up the challenge?

    On the basis that you have been a rational and sensible contributor at a crucial time in the development of climate change policy, I, for one, shall miss you, and wish you well. And I don’t care how much Uncle Eli teases me about this.

    Best wishes, Roger; I am sure you will not be silent for long.


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  15. Mark Bahner Says:

    Hi Roger,

    Very best of luck to you in whatever you do. Prometheus will definitely be worse off for your absence.


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  17. Paul Dougherty Says:

    Thanks for the great post. You are really helpful and educating. The intelligence shown by your comments indicates to me that you must be a super scientist and well versed in the philosophy of science.

    Good luck! I learned a lot from your posts. I also feel that you deserve the “iron hide award’ for putting up with the civility handicapped while keeping a good attitude in an honest and open
    debate. That is rare today.

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  19. TokyoTom Says:

    Roger, good luck. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to comment on a number of matters that you and others have raised in this forum.

    I have agreed with much of your substantive positions, even while I occasionally found it difficult to discern (or agree with) what positions you were taking in some cases.

    I completely agree that climate change is upon us, and it is time to get cracking on adaptation approaches – for which the US is the easy case, and for the third world, which will experience the greatest negative impacts, is least prepared. It seems to me that even modest mitigation measures can help to fund the investement in adaptation, as well as to help move our economies toward cleaner and more beneficial energy paths.



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  21. arnold Says:

    We’ll I’ll miss reading your blogs. I hope you get back to it soon :)

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  23. bubba Says:

    As a side note, it is interesting to see that all the rabett’s and mice have quit posting, seem to have a sudden lack of any interest at all, in Nature’s new blog.

    It seems their only interest in it was to misrepresent Dr. Pielke’s posts, sling ad hominems at him, and try to mischaracterize him as something of an AGW skeptic in the employ of Big Oil or some other ominous conspiracy.

    A self selected college of cardinals whose only purpose is to harass and persecute those they deem deviants from the one and true faith.

    All because of their contemptible ignorance of public policy.