March 01, 2007

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

Robert Stachnik's letter today is Al Gore-inspired:

A recent letter argued that Gov. Minner played politics in directing David Legates to desist from using the title of state climatologist in connection with his attacks on the reality of global warming.

Documents leaked to national news media in 2003 make it clear that the Republican National Committee is aligned with efforts to discredit concerns about global warming.

Yes, global warming is a scientific issue, but it is also a public policy issue. Minner is right to clarify that.

Legates is among a handful of climate experts who dispute global warming. His long association with a conservative think tank substantially supported by ExxonMobil does little to enhance his credibility.

The question is whether Legates' assumption of his unpaid position as state climatologist amounted to a bait-and-switch deal. At the time of his appointment, state officials could be forgiven for believing he merely offered to log Delaware temperatures and rainfall for free, not realizing that might provide a platform to promote an agenda more rooted in politics than in science.

It's not even necessary to point how ridiculous this letter is. It's really too easy. As if global warming proponents cannot be (and are not) politically motivated. The science exists to support the basis for both beliefs, and the fact that David Legates may have received funding from a conservative think tank means means little, actually. If it is significant, then so too must be the millions in funding and grants that the global warming chicken littles get to support their "cause celebre."

Posted by Hube at March 1, 2007 04:59 PM | TrackBack

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I chuckle every time I think about highschool dropout Minner telling PHD Climatolagist Legates what to say about "global warming".

Posted by: steamboat willy at March 1, 2007 05:06 PM

High school dropout? If true, that makes your governor even less educated than Philly Congressman Fattah (has his GED) who is running for mayor.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 1, 2007 05:54 PM

And why are these global warming nuts so convinced it's occuring and scared of a little opposition opinions.

But you can't convince the same people that terrorists have flocked to Iraq.

Let's face it - both beliefs require faith in your belief as they are hard to absolutely prove.

Posted by: AJ lynch at March 1, 2007 05:57 PM

AJ, Ruth Ann also has her GED.

People often confuse cause and effect. It's most likely Legates got funding because of views he already held than changed his views because he got funding. It's easier to support someone who already agrees with you than to bribe someone into agreeing with you. Funding merely proves agreement, not bribery.

Posted by: Paul Smith at March 1, 2007 10:14 PM