Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The silencing of dissent

The governor of Oregon wants to fire the state's climatologist, George Taylor, because Taylor asserts that “[m]ost of the climate changes we have seen up until now have been a result of natural variations” as opposed to the governor's preferred theory. Mr. Taylor is a faculty member at Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences where he manages the Oregon Climate Service, the state repository of weather and climate information, and supervises a staff of ten.

Separately, Delaware's State Climatologist, David R. Legates, is under fire because he believes that some claims about warming and climate shifts are "overblown." What particularly galls left-wing groups, such as Greenpeace and the Union of Concerned Scientists, is that some of Legates research is funded by private industry. Dr. David R. Legates is an associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Delaware. He is also the Associate State Climatologist and Associate Director of the NASA-sponsored Delaware Space Grant Consortium. He has a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Geography, a M.S. degree in Geography-Climatology and a Ph.D. degree in Climatology all from the University of Delaware.

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