All these esteemed
Scientists Lash at ‘McCarthy-Like Threats’"Now"? Just now climate research has become entwined with politics?
By Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times
The journal Science has published a letter signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel laureates, that pushes back sharply after months of assaults on evidence pointing to a growing and disruptive human influence on the climate and some of the researchers who’ve done important work on global warming.
The authors specifically criticize some politicians for what the letter calls “McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues on the basis of innuendo and guilt by association.” It doesn’t name names, but a clear target is Senator James M. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican.
Another candidate could be Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who has subpoenaed the University of Virginia to obtain information on the work there in 1999 by the climate scientist Michael Mann (now at Pennsylvania State University).
Now climate research has become entwined with energy policy and the brutal politics of fossil fuels, in which states’ stances largely are shaped by the presence or absence of coal or industries reliant on coal or oil for profits. [link]
Where was this New York Times columnist and all those learned academics - scientists! - when one of their own was being driven from office by politicians right here in Virginia? They cry McCarthy! when its Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli getting involved in the subject, but where were they when this was going on three years ago?
Virginia State Climatologist Forced Out for HeresyJames Bacon informed us in 2007 that Professor Michaels was forced out of the University of Virginia as well. See "Kaine Administration De-funds Global Warming Heretic Patrick Michaels."
By David Zincavage
Patrick J. Michaels, a Research Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, was appointed Virginia State Climatologist in 1980 by Governor John N. Dalton. Michaels subsequently served as president of the American Association of State Climatologists.
Because Professor Michaels is a skeptic concerning Global Warming catastrophe, in 2006 the left commenced serious efforts to discredit him. He was attacked by ABC News for receiving a research grant from a utility.
The same summer, as the Charlottesville Daily Progress reports, Secretary of the Commonwealth Katherine Hanley, an appointee member of the administration of Democrat Governor Timothy M. Kaine, proceeded to dissociate the state government from the office of State Climatologist. Responsibility for choosing a State Climatologist was relinquished by the Governor’s Office to the University of Virginia.
This week, Michaels, age 57, announced that he had negotiated a retirement package with the University of Virginia, would become a part-time faculty member on leave of absence, and was resigning as State Climatologist.
The Charlottesville Daily Progress reports that Michaels identified “his resignation (as) a sad result of the fact that his state climatologist funding had become politicized… which… compromised his academic freedom.” [link] [note: the Daily Progress links no longer work]
Where were these concerned scientists when one of their own was being pilloried back then?
Where were the McCarthy! cries when the state of Virginia was beating Patrick Michaels into submission? And into retirement?
And where was Andrew Revkin when this sad saga was playing out?
I'll tell you where he was. He was writing articles for the New York Times extolling the virtues of science and scientists and proclaiming to the world that they had reached consensus on the subject of global warming. Which is true. Because those who disagreed were silenced. By the heavy hand of government.
From that letter signed by those now-concerned "scientists":
Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change deniers are typically driven by special interests or dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative theory that credibly satisﬁes the evidence.You people make me sick.
We also call for an end to McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them.