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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.

Colorado Climatologist Looking For Friendlier Times

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.

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2 comments

  1. Hm, what did he object to exactly? Do you have a link to the blog post?

  2. Do you have a link to his blog that you mentioned?