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The New Inquisition
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, February 12, 2007

Speaking of anthropogenic global warming, you may remember several weeks ago when The Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen recommended that the American Meteorological Society remove its seal of approval from anyone who doesn't essentially agree with the IPPC conclusion that global warming is a substantially man made phenomenon.

Well, the states of Delaware and Oregon have decided that their state climatologists had better toe the line, too. George Taylor of Oregon and David Legates of Delaware both face efforts to remove them from those posts because they don't buy into the anthropogenic global warming theory.

The Oregon case is especially troubling, due to some of Governor Ted Kulongoski's comments.
Kulongoski said the state needs a consistent message on reducing greenhouse gases to combat climate change.

The Governor says, "I just think there has to be somebody that says, 'this is the state position on this.'"
Kulongoski wants to make the post a gubernatorial appointment. The State of Oregon has a position on the matter, you see. And it is the job of the scientist who fills that position to parrot that position, and presumably any other scientific opinions that the governor finds acceptable.

I find that more than a little troubling. In Global Warming™, the message is clear. There is an orthodox position, and anyone who holds heretical views need not apply for any important position. Or expect to keep an important position they now hold.

All that Global Warming™ needs now is a Pope, and they'll have come full circle.

Congratulations, Global Warming™. You've made a great start on turning science back into a matter of religion.

It's not enough to accept, as nearly everyone does, that global warming is occurring. You must subscribe to the "consensus" view of why it is occurring. If you don't, then your career is in jeopardy.

It's a good thing that Albert Einstein didn't have to contend with a politicized, agenda-driven Luminiferous Aether™ lobby a century ago.

Dr. Roger Pielke, the big climate guy in Colorado, is not amused.
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The pope of Global Warming?

Isn’t that Al Gore’s job?
Written By: capt joe
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Oregon is like Pennsylvania: a red state that is currently dominated by the very blue Portland/Salem corridor of liberal urbanites. Kulongoski is the tool of the public employee unions (scandals in pension plans and all) and therefore must act just like Kennedy in Massachusetts in appeasing his base. Observers will notice Republican Senator Gordon Smith acting just like the Republicans in Pennsylvania on "getting out of" Iraq in hopes of retaining HIS job. Just a little background on this very political move.
Written By: notherbob2
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Notherbob2: I think I would extend that corridor past Salem and down to Eugene.
I am a Washingtonian saddled with our own corridor from Seattle to Olympia.
To keep up with NW news check out Orbusmax.
Written By: tom scott
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The pope of Global Warming?

Isn’t that Al Gore’s job?
No, that’s putz of global warming....
Written By: shark
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The Governor says, "I just think there has to be somebody that says, ’this is the state position on this.’"

If Oregon solves this scientific controversy by establishing an official state position, then in principle other states could make it their official position that life begins at conception, or that species evolved through intelligent design.

Will disagreement with Oregon’s official position on global warming be considered a thought crime now?

Written By: Aldo
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Why does the state have to have a position on (insert issue here) at all?

Written By: shark
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The Governor says, "I just think there has to be somebody that says, ’this is the state position on this.’"
Oh, to return to the days of Lysenkoism!
Written By: Bryan Pick
Why does the state have to have a position on (insert issue here) at all?
To the extent that the state must get involved in making policy on different issues they do have an interest in making sure that the policy is in accordance with the latest scientific consensus.

For example, the state teaches public school children about subjects such as biology and the evolution of species. It is reasonable that they should teach evolution, rather than intelligent design, because evolution is the consensus scientific theory and intelligent design is the scientific equivalent of the Left’s theories about 9/11.

Of course, as a libertarian, I question whether the state needs to be involved in setting policies in many of these areas in the first place.

Furthermore, it is one thing to say, as a general rule, even a state policy, that state agencies and personnel will follow the scientific consensus. It is something different, and troublesome imo, when the state issues an edict requiring that one controversial position be accepted by everyone in the state as the scientific consensus, rather than leaving the task of defining the consensus position to the scientists themselves.
Written By: Aldo
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The State of Oregon has a position on the matter, you see. And it is the job of the scientist who fills that position to parrot that position, and presumably any other scientific opinions that the governor finds acceptable.
Isn’t this the type of evil Erb was warning us about? Or was he saying that this was fine, as long as there was the appropriate "scientific consensus"?

Written By: Don
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The really absurd aspect of this is that Taylor is considered the expert on the climate of Oregon. This is not a political position, it is a position that was originally a federal one created to monitor and study the climate of each state. They are tremendous resources for the study of weather patterns in their region. His position on climate change has little to do with that, but he will probably lose his title and position because he doesn’t say he accepts the consensus on a related topic. He could of course just say no comment every time anyone asked him about it, and refuse to study the issue in his position as an academic at Oregon State or on his own time, but that he probably, and rightly would refuse to do.

This is not a state advisory office on climate policy, but a resource center for weather issues. The Governor can’t stand that anybody with any credibility be allowed to speak their mind on this issue. If the Governor wants a state expert on those issues it has nothing to do with Mr. Taylor’s position. It would be a shame to have a useful weather resource be turned into a climate change propaganda center (whatever the point of view.) A poor use of university funds.
Written By: Lance
I’m starting to think the Global Warming has "shot its load", so to speak.

I see more and more people openly questioning it and the True Believers™ becoming more and more vile towards the blasphemers.

Which means more scrutiny and that generally is a good thing. I want more people to question their TV sets.
Written By: Robb Allen
Czech president Vaclav Klaus:

Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it’s a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It’s neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it’s an undignified slapstick that people don’t wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the "but’s" are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.• This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians. If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.
Written By: Neo
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I’m trying to put something together to illustrate how ridiculous the global warming hysteria really is. Here is the start (eventually this will have its own separate section on my site):

behind the global warming hype

A couple notes:
1) I’m giving the UN their data set, disputed as it may be, because even using their figures the point is abundantly clear.
2) The size of the photo actually makes the problem seem worse than it is! That’s a dead giveaway that the whole issue is completely overblown.
Written By: Matt
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out, it doesn’t matter much to me.
Always, no sometimes, think it’s me, but you know I know when it’s a dream.
I think I know I mean a ’yes’ but it’s all wrong, that is I think I disagree.
Written By: Neo
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