It’s no secret that I am an atmospheric scientist at Stony Brook University. I felt it prudent at this time, despite this opening up a bit of risk to my career in academia (not that I intend to stay in academia, but there you go) to forward for your reading pleasure this bit of propaganda I just received from a member of my faculty in my work e-mail box:
As reported in The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/Ah5hb3), our Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has been launched (http://climatesciencedefensefund.org) to let scientific colleagues and the public directly help climate scientists protect themselves and their work from industry-funded legal attacks. The project is being supported and developed under the umbrella of the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).In addition to its core mission of legal defense, CSLDF will –• Educate researchers about their legal rights and responsibilities on issues surrounding their work;• Serve as a clearinghouse for information related to legal actions taken against scientists; and• Recruit and assist lawyers representing these scientists.Please spread the word far and wide so that we can increase our support. We will be adding a Face Book page and a Twitter account soon so you can follow our progress.Thank you,……………………………………………………………………………
Scott A. MandiaProfessor – Physical Sciences, Asst. ChairT-202 Smithtown Science Bldg.Suffolk County Community College
Look at that wording! There’s nothing at face value wrong with scientists becoming better informed on legal matters related to their craft…but listen to the first line…”industry funded legal attacks”…REALLY? There have been about a dozen FOIA requests made of AGW-driven scientific organizations in this country…ZERO of them have come from a corporation. TEN of them have come from think tanks and non-profits like the Heritage Foundation and the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. Two came from INDIVIDUAL private-sector skeptics (McIntyre and McKintruck of SurfaceStations.org and WattsUpWithThat.com fame and Willie Soon…a SCIENTIST who disagrees with the orthodox position on climate change.
To distract from the reality that climate scientists are themselves acting in a particular political interest and being backed by powerful legal arms and governmental assistance, not to mention a huge media slant in their favor, they characterize any legal action by the opposition as “industry funded.” I suppose you could make the case that the Heritage Foundation is industry funded…but certainly, no one industry told the Heritage Foundation to file a FOIA request against NASA GISS…they have autonomy to do whatever they want with the money that gets donated by industry leaders and grassroots conservatives. And even if the entire resistance to AGW-orthodoxy came directly from oil companies (which is ridiculous in the extreme)…they would still be funded at about 1% of the level of funding AGW proponents get from big governments and international organizations like the UN to push their version of the truth on the world.
But the biggest problem…the most unsettling part of this for me…is that a professor in my department (who shall remain nameless for his own sake) received this e-mail and happily forwarded it to EVERYONE in my department on our work-related e-mail listserv. Scientists are not advocates…this man has no right to cram propaganda advertising down our throat. This…in a nutshell is everything that is wrong with climate science today…it’s became fanatical advocacy on both sides and not an honest search for the truth.