Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Climatologist Fired for Telling the Truth

Recently, another incident of man-made global warming ideologues suppressing the scientific facts about global warming occurred in Washington State. Associate State Climatologist and climate scientist Mark Albright was fired because he sent e-mails to other scientists containing the true scientific facts about the Cascade Mountain snow pack. These facts refuted the publications of his boss, State Climatologist Philip Mote and the speeches of Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Greg Nickels who claimed the Cascade Mountain snow pack declined 50% from 1950 to 2000 due to man-made global warming.

Before the firing, University of Washington atmospheric scientist Dennis Hartmann tried to referee and resolve the dispute between Albright and Mote by doing an objective analysis of the data, but this failed when Hartmann found that Albright was right and Mote was wrong. This led to Mote trying to censor Albright’s e-mails. When Albright refused to allow this censorship, he was fired.

The whole story will be published in the June 1 issue of “Environment & Climate News,” a publication of the Heartland Institute at:

This entire article would make an excellent educational lesson that teaches how any ideological hysteria like banning DDT or man-made global warming can destroy scientific objectivity, intellectual honesty, moral behavior, and soon thereafter human life. Many 10s of millions of people worldwide have been killed by malaria since the 1970s because of the negligent or malicious demands of radical environmentalists for the 1970s bans on DDT, malaria's best eradicator. Today, the DDT bans are recognized as being based on the grossly flawed science and the invalid claims of radical environmentalists.

Quotes from the article appear below --

“At most, according to reliable datasets, the Cascade Mountains snow pack declined by 35 percent between 1950 and 2000. Moreover, even that number is misleading. [Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Greg] Nickels and other global warming alarmists deliberately choose 1950 as the "baseline" for Cascade Mountains snow pack because 1950 was a year of abnormally heavy snowfall resulting in an uncharacteristically extensive snow pack.”

“In early March Albright was told he would have to submit any emails connected with his associate state climatologist position to Mote for pre-approval prior to distribution.

“When Albright refused to submit to Mote's censorship, Mote stripped him of his associate state climatologist title.”

“Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, told the March 15 Seattle Times, ‘In all my years of doing science, I've never seen this sort of gag-order approach to doing science.’ "

The enormous advances in health, life expectancy, technology, prosperity, freedom, and happiness that mankind has enjoyed since the 1750s were created by the Enlightenment, capitalist nations. The reason for this is that the freedom in these nations released the best thinking of the best minds, no matter how economically poor they were. These free thinkers solved mankind’s problems and found the most rational, efficient solutions in a free market of ideas and goods. These enormous advances can be reversed and destroyed if today’s man-made global warming ideologues are allowed to suppress the best minds and to prevent the best thinkers from speaking or publishing the facts of reality.

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