Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Watch him! He's got a lab coat!

University politics are in a class by themselves. As Columbia University’s Wallace Sayre (now deceased) remarked: “Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.” And he added, “They’re the most vicious because the fighting is over issues decided five years earlier.”

But this one might be a real fight because significant GRANT MONEY is at stake.

There is a professor at Colorado State by the name of William Gray. For the past 25 years he has been internationally known for his hurricane predictions. In fact, Gray has personally trained 70 of the scientists who work for the National Hurricane Center.

Suddenly, Gray has lost his help from Colorado State. It is just too time consuming for the public relations office to help with inquiries and forecast releases. They will no longer service Gray’s work.

So, why the cold shoulder all of a sudden after 25 years of distinguished notoriety?

Well, Dr. Gray is not on board with the global warming bunch. In fact, he’s a rather vocal critic of it. He says things like global warming advocates are “brainwashing our children” and that the scientists involved are “medicine men.”

He’s pretty blunt when he says, “I am of the opinion that this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people.”

So, with the ivory tower swaying the other way, Colorado State would rather not issue press releases with the name “William Gray” anywhere on them.

They are still publishing the forecasts but using the name of his younger, less-vocal colleague, Phil Klotzbach.

Who says life in the lab is dull?

Schumpeter’s Observation: “Any theory can be made to fit any facts by means of appropriate additional assumptions.”

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