My last post criticizing changes apparently made to the recent IPCC report by Richard Tol in order to promote his own work and views was online for only about 20 minutes before Tol responded. The exchange which followed was priceless.
It began when I posted to Twitter highlighting the new post. I posted again, giving more information. Tol promptly responded to the second tweet:
I immediately responded with my normal, sardonic attitude, pointing out the ineffectualness of his response. He seemed unhappy when he responded:
I’m not sure what kind of professional scientist goes around cursing at people on Twitter. I’m also not sure what point Tol thought he was making. All I’m sure of is a comment like that deserves mockery, which I provided.
Tol responded to the mockery by following up on the point I still don’t understand:
At this point, I’d normally show you his next tweet. Unfortunately, while he did respond to my remark:
He has since deleted that tweet. I hadn’t anticipated that, and I hadn’t taken a screenshot of the tweet. Fortunately, the app I use on my phone to connect to Twitter does not respond to people deleting tweets. I was able to take a screenshot of the deleted tweet on it (tweets in the image are in reverse chronological order):
My response to Tol wasn’t worded well. I should have switched things around between the two tweets. Phrasing issues aside, you can see Tol acknowledged he made a mistake. I have no idea who he supposedly mixed me up with, and I find it hard to imagine how he would have.
Regardless, with him having admitted the mistake, I made a (small) effort to mend things, asking Tol if the apology covered his ridiculous cursing. He answered in the negative:
And has since stopped responding.
To sum up, Richard Tol dismissed my new post as me “just talking nonsense.” He then cursed at me, made a wildly untrue claim about what I said in order to accuse me of making a baseless accusation, deleted the tweet, claimed to have mixed me up with some unnamed individual, told me I deserved to be cursed at then ran away.