Back in 2010 I heard Professor Richard Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist, speak at a conference in Chicago. With due caution and humility -- for I am not a scientist -- I wrote an article about my observations concerning the treatment of so-called climate skeptics and their work. I was surprised by the overt politicization of climate issues and the lack of scientific debate. Just last week, Professor Lindzen published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, bringing attention to this issue once again. Here are a couple excerpts:
Mr. Grijalva’s letters convey an unstated but perfectly clear threat: Research disputing alarm over the climate should cease lest universities that employ such individuals incur massive inconvenience and expense—and scientists holding such views should not offer testimony to Congress.
Where all this will lead is still hard to tell. At least Mr. Grijalva’s letters should help clarify for many the essentially political nature of the alarms over the climate, and the damage it is doing to science, the environment and the well-being of the world’s poorest.