Eye Of The Hurricane
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, May 01, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Climate Change: Colorado State University says it'll no longer promote the work of Dr. William Gray. Is it really a cost-cutting move or are CSU and eco-fascists trying to silence the godfather of hurricane forecasting?
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The university says its decision is based solely on the burdens of keeping up with media requests and inquiries about Gray's work that overwhelm a lone media staffer.
It says the decision has nothing to do with the fact that Gray, professor emeritus of CSU's atmospheric department, has been an effective voice offering inconvenient truths debunking Al Gore's climate disaster theories.
If these requests are too burdensome, we'd suggest CSU divert some funds from Frisbee 101, or whatever passes for higher learning these days, and hire another media staffer. We don't buy the excuse that inquiries relating to Gray detract from the promotion of others' work. The man is America's most reliable hurricane forecaster. If anyone's work should be promoted, it should be his.
In a memo to colleagues after CSU officials informed him that media relations would no longer promote his forecasts after 2008, Gray wrote: "This is a flimsy excuse and seems to me to be a cover for the department's capitulation to the desires of some who want to rein in my global-warming criticisms."
And critical he has been. At last year's National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, Gray called Gore a "gross alarmist." "He's one of those guys that preaches end-of-the-world type of things," Gray told AP. "I think he's doing a great disservice, and he doesn't know what he's talking about."
Gray says fluctuations in hurricane intensity and frequency, exhibit A in Gore's inquisition, have nothing to do with carbon dioxide levels or human activity, but with natural variations in ocean currents. He points out that 101 hurricanes occurred from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperatures, compared with 83 from 1957 to 2006, when the earth warmed.
Regarding moves to establish a climate change curriculum in public schools, Gray said: "We're brainwashing our children. They're going to the Gore movie and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."
More recently at the University of North Carolina, Gray told meteorology students, "The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major impact on global temperatures."
"It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out against something they know is wrong," Gray once said. "But they also know that they'd never get any grants if they spoke out."
An increasing number are speaking out, inspired by Gray's courage. Gore and his ilk complain about government censorship of their views. But their opponents are the ones being silenced.