Climate science smear campaign (Greer)

University of Delaware Professor David Legates was not so much "caught in a controversy" as stated in a News Journal article, but rather a target of a smear campaign aimed at silencing scientists critical of man-made global warming claims.

Fellow scientist Dr. Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for 25 years, was falsely accused by a Greenpeace activist of failing to disclose funding sources. But it was the Smithsonian, administered by the U.S. federal government, which paid Dr. Soon. The false accusations sparked a campaign against other scientists by a far left congressman who wrote to the U of D and other schools wanting disclosures on Dr. Legates and six other specific scientists. The hypocrisy is that his letter only asked for documents on skeptical scientists. The letter was severely criticized by many including the American Meteorological Society: "Publicly singling out specific researchers based on perspectives they have expressed ... sends a chilling message to all academic researchers." None of the institutions have said any of the scientists violated any relevant policies.

Scientific evidence collected by thousands of researchers shows that climate has always been changing from natural causes mostly related to the Sun, that it was warmer 1000 years ago than now, that sea level rise is not accelerating, and polar bear populations are healthy and expanding since a 1973 treaty restricted hunting. The problem for man-made global warming believers is that there is no credible empirical evidence to support their theory and their case depends almost entirely on computer models. Soon and Legates raised the ire of warmists because they and others coauthored a recent article "Why models run hot" published in Science Bulletin, showing that computer models exaggerate the possible future warming from CO2. Instead of trying to address the science of the paper, the warmists attack the scientists.

John E. Greer Jr., P.E.

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