From climate change to weapons of mass destruction, the Bush Administration is always being accused of cooking the books—and the mainstream media is only too happy to pile on.
But a Colorado State University professor, who happens to be the state climatologist, is turning that scenario on its head with a letter to The New York Times saying his resignation from the Bush Administration Climate Change Science Program was “mischaracterized”? by the old gray lady in a story that ran Tuesday.
Roger Pielke Sr. is an atmospheric science professor at CSU, and he was so disgruntled by the coverage that he wrote a letter to the editor of The Times to dispute the reportage of Andrew Revkin. Writing for Bush’s committee, Pielke resigned over a disputed chapter, but also disputed the newspaper’s contention that he had “long disagreed with the dominant view that global warming stems mainly from human activity.”
In a blog posting, Pielke wrote: “The committee was supposed to investigate spatial as well as temporal trends of recent surface and troposoheric temperatures, which, in the last version (of the report) that I saw, it failed to do.”
He was particularly dismayed by the implication that he attributed climate change to the spread of agriculture and the growth of cities, rather than carbon dioxide emissions.