Has anyone else been following the circus and fallout regarding the Weather Channel's Heidi Cullen calling for decertification of a meterologists who are skeptical the man is responsible for Global Warming?
If you haven't heard of this call for silencing dissent, and that is what it is, (When you threaten someone with decertification of his or her professional credentials you're saying shut up or we won't allow you to make a living or support your family.) here is the post that started it all and a couple of responses.
"If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn't agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns..."
"It's like allowing a meteorologist to go on-air and say that hurricanes rotate clockwise and tsunamis are caused by the weather. It's not a political statement...it's just an incorrect statement," Cullen added."
This caused one poster to observe "Hurricanes (Cyclones) in the Southern Hemisphere do rotate clockwise."
Cullen also on her TV program "The Climate Code" had as a guest Dave Roberts of Grist Magazine who has called for Nuremberg style trials and the death penalty for scientists who are skeptical of man caused Global Warming.
This led to the following response from a AMS certified meterologist on his blog:
The Weather Channel Mess
And critics ARE being silenced. Here is an excerpt from SENATOR INHOFE to the congress on the IPCC:
"...The flaws in the IPCC process began to manifest themselves in the first assessment, but did so in earnest when the IPCC issued its second assessment report in 1996. The most obvious was the altering of the document on the central question of whether man is causing global warming.
Here is what Chapter 8 – the key chapter in the report – stated on this central question in the final version accepted by reviewing scientists:
“No study to date has positively attributed all or part [of the climate change observed to date] to anthropogenic causes.”
But when the final version was published, this and similar phrases in 15 sections of the chapter were deleted or modified. Nearly all the changes removed hints of scientific doubts regarding the claim that human activities are having a major impact on global warming.
In the Summary for Policy Makers – which is the only part of the report that reporters and policy makers read – a single phrase was inserted. It reads:
“The balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influence on global climate.”
The lead author for Chapter 8, Dr. Ben Santer, should not be held solely accountable. According to the journal Nature, the changes to the report were made in the midst of high-level pressure from the Clinton / Gore State Department to do so..."
(I hope that the fonts all came out correctly, I have to edit them in html because the post control panel seems to randomly pick and choose font, sizes, and between bold and italic....lol)