There has been a good deal of reporting lately about government scientists being pressured to say or not say certain things about global warming. Democrats even had hearings on it. I guess then they will be eager to defend George Taylor.
In the face of evidence agreed upon by hundreds of climate scientists, George Taylor holds firm. He does not believe human activities are the main cause of global climate change.
Taylor also holds a unique title: State Climatologist.
Hundreds of scientists last Friday issued the strongest warning yet on global warming saying humans are “very likely” the cause.
“Most of the climate changes we have seen up until now have been a result of natural variations,” Taylor asserts.
Taylor has held the title of “state climatologist” since 1991 when the legislature created a state climate office at OSU The university created the job title, not the state.
His opinions conflict not only with many other scientists, but with the state of Oregon’s policies.
So the governor wants to take that title from Taylor and make it a position that he would appoint. I saw a 60 Minutes report a year or so ago about a scientist who said those in the Bush administration had him change some wording in a report which was stated as fact, to being identified as his opinion (which it was). He also said he had been pressured during the Clinton administration, but in the opposite direction. The reporter didn’t seem very interested in that though. I guess it was just ancient history or something.
In Delaware the state climatologist, a global warming skeptic, is being accused of being funded by (gasp!) BIG OIL. (cue sinister music). I wonder how many global warming prophets are being funded by the environmentalist movement, or for that matter, being funded by groups that are anti-capitalism. I guess many of those would be one and the same though.
(Links via Drudge.)