McCarthy crusade to purge diverse views on global warming at UVa
McCarthyism: the use of unsubstantiated accusations or unfair investigative technigues in an attempt to expose disloyalty or subversion. (Webster's College Dictionary)
The effort to rid the academic community of differing conclusions on global warming have this summer been spearheaded by Charlottesville City Councilor Kevin Lynch and blogger Waldo Jaquith. Here's their argument.
The state climatologist has no credibility because he solicits and receives private funding from electric companies for some of his research. Under this rule, all scientists who are paid to do scientific work lack credibility. University scientists routinely solicit funds to finance their "objective" research and to pay personal expenses such as shelter, food, clothing. Every grant proposal is a solicitation. Every grant is a conflict of interest.
But since public funding influences recipients to reach biased conclusions that keep the grant money coming, and since Va. Climatologist Patrick Michaels is a minority point of view in the scientific community, Lynch and Jaquith have taken upon themselves to impoverish the climatologist in an effort to have him fired. But since the governor's office and UVa will not cooperate, the public relations campaign continues. So now the McCarthyites have resorted to labeling articles that disagree with their politically correct point of view as editorials. Ironically, the only charges against Michaels have come in the form of editorials.
No one who has followed Charlottesville's political history would be surprised. Poverty creation? Intolerance of minorities? On WINA's Charlottesville Right Now August 4 where Lynch was a guest, Eric called in and described the two-person campaign to purge us of dangerous ideas as "green McCarthyism."
Patrick Michaels is not actually our state climatologist.
Conflict of Interest and the State Climatologist
"I cannot see how any impartial observer could avoid the conclusion that using an official publication of the State Climatologist as an editorial vehicle to promote the agenda of Dr. Michaels’ power company funders is anything other than a clear conflict of interest."
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