Fixing Science

Looks like Patrick J. Michaels has resigned from his job as official climatologist for the state of Virginia. Why did he do that, you ask?

“I resigned as Virginia state climatologist because I was told that I could not speak in public on my area of expertise, global warming, as state climatologist,” Michaels said in a statement this week provided by the libertarian Cato Institute, where he has been a fellow since 1992. “It was impossible to maintain academic freedom with this speech restriction.”

Effectively, the governor, Tim Kaine (D), told Michaels not to use his title when he was presenting evidence against the catastrophic impact of climate change.

In other words, “Unless your science supports my political slant, I don’t want to hear it.”

It’s a dangerous path to tread. Science is independent of politics, obviously. But if politics starts silencing dissenting scientific views, it’s turning the clock back to the Dark Ages, where monarchs & church leaders could dictate what was “scientific” and what wasn’t, regardless of the evidence.

And James Hansen has gotten $720,000 from George Soros, according to IBD.

Well, not really. Hansen denies it (in this article at the Seattle PI, which uses one of my least favorite phrases), and George Soros’ Foundation donated money to the GAP, which in turn helped out James Hansen. So to say Hansen got $720,000 is a stretch. Here’s what’s actually in the foundation report:

Scientist Protests NASA’s Censorship Attempts James E. Hansen, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, protested attempts to silence him after officials at NASA ordered him to refer press inquiries to the public affairs office and required the presence of a public affairs representative at any interview. The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization and OSI grantee, came to Hansen’s defense by providing legal and media advice. The campaign on Hansen’s behalf resulted in a decision by NASA to revisit its media policy.

So, it’s an indirect support. As for the “non-partisan” Government Accountability Project, it seems as though it’s really been pushing climate change. As was detailed here in the Autopsy, Dr. Michaels isn’t the only State Climatologist to be silenced by a political body. However, the GAP hasn’t taken any action to assist Dr. Michaels or Dr. Legates in making sure their scientific opinions are properly heard. (In case you’re wondering, I’ve done a search on GAP and Legates, and it turned up nothing.)

So, even though it’s indirect support, and obviously not funneled towards Hansen to line his pockets, it certainly is supporting one side of a scientific debate. And that is newsworthy.


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