Delaware Rebukes State Climatologist

The state of Delaware has rebuked their state climatologist, attempting to distance themselves (or at least the Governor is) from their “state climatologist” over disagreements in the state’s official stance on global warming.

WILMINGTON, Del. — Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has directed Delaware’s state climatologist to stop using his title in public statements on climate change, citing a clash of views on global warming and confusion over the position’s ties to the administration.

Minner, who made the directive in a letter, described the move as a way to “clarify” the role of David R. Legates, a prominent skeptic of views that human activities are warming the planet and triggering climate shifts. “Your views on climate change, as I understand them, are not aligned with those of my administration,” Minner wrote.

The governor attempts to place blame on the “confusion” of the title and rather than simply making the title more official, the decision was made to drop the title all together (emphasis mine):

“In light of my position and due to the confusion surrounding your role with the state, I am directing you to offer any future statements on this or other public policy matters only on behalf of yourself or the University of Delaware,” Minner wrote, “and not as state climatologist.”

Legates, who could not be reached Wednesday, has not returned phone calls since The News Journal published articles about his position on climate change. His title was accepted by the American Association of State Climatologists and the National Climatic Data Center, and acknowledged by Minner and the university’s provost in 2005. But Legates received no appointment or state money to support his office at the University of Delaware, where he is also a professor of geography. His position as climatologist carries no state authority.

Legates also served as an unpaid “adjunct scholar” with the National Center for Policy Analysis, and had a paper published by that group arguing that science “does not support” claims of drastic warming or human influence on weather or climate shifts. He has previously referred to global warming arguments as “climate alarmism.”

So in summary, the state climatologist – the one with the science degree(s) – has been rebuked for his views on science. This is porbably beginning to sound a little familiar. This is now the second of such occurances following the January dismissal of Oregon’s state climatologist who also disagreed with the governor on climate change issues, stating simply:

There are a lot of people saying the bulk of the warming of the last 50 years is due to human activities and I don’t believe that’s true.” He believes natural cycles explain most of the changes the earth has seen.

Which of these governors has formal education in meteorology or climatology?

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