The credibility of 'scientists' working for commercial organisations always has to be looked at in the light of the commercial aims of their paymasters.
A clear example is the Tobacco industry scientists who still claim that smoking does not damage health (much).
A new example seems to be the Hazard industry scientists that say that La Palma presents a serious and immediate hazard."; $txtt[] = "The three-stage consultancy trick:"; $txt[] = "A standard trick (sorry, technique) in the consultancy industry is as follows:
Stage 1:
1a. Identify a problem which the client does not know that he has.
1b. Frighten the client into agreeing to pay for a quick and cheap research project to establish whether the problem does in fact exist for the client.
1c. Produce a report confirming that there is a problem/risk/danger which must be tackled immediately.
1d. Make a proposal for further research/consultancy to quantify the problem and propose a solution.
Stage 2:
2a. Spend a long time and lots of money studying the problem/risk/danger.
2b. Write a report confirming the problem/risk/danger with as much detailed jargon as possible.
2c. Produce a report on the problem/risk/danger and prove the need for immediate action.
2d. Specify the solution requirements in such terms that only one product from one supplier will solve the problem and only you can provide adequate project leaders. (The 'one product' will of course be 'your product' and the project leaders will be from your company or a related company)
Stage 3:
3a. Make implementation plan with cheap and expensive options.
3b. Persuade the client to choose the expensive option.
3c. Implement the expensive solution.
3d. Get the client to pay you to monitor the effectiveness of the solution.
3e. Retire to a warm climate on the profits.

This is not a joke. This is how it works, I did it myself for over 10 years.
The La Palma Mega-Tsunami is now (January 2005) in a repeat of Stage 1d.
The original research failed to produce a stage 2 follow-up.
The Horizon program failed to produce a stage 2 follow-up.
The La Palma Mega-Tsunami hype has reared its ugly head again on the back of the December 2004 Tsunami disaster.
The Hazard industry could not ask for a better argument for Stage 2 than that disaster ... and they are actively looking for a client who will pay the bill.
The fact that the La Palma situation and the December 2004 tsunami have nothing in common is irrelevant to fund raisers, they just want to get to stage 3e as soon as possible."; main(); base(); ?>