Norman — I told you so. It has been a little more than three years since I published an editorial in The Transcript (Oct. 4, 2006,) asserting that Sen. Inhofe was correct about global warming. Since the Climategate scandal broke, the global warming hoax has collapsed like a house of rotten cards.
The Earth has not warmed appreciably for the last decade. There is no significant evidence that our climate has changed, or that the mild warming of the last 150 years can be attributed to anything other than natural variation. The Poles aren’t melting, polar bears are thriving and last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was below average in activity. And this bitter winter has brought home to Oklahomans the undeniable truth that cold weather is inherently more inclement than warm. The Christmas eve blizzard of 2009 was directly responsible for the deaths of at least nine people, and seven more died as a result of the recent storm that peaked Jan. 29.
I received little thanks for telling the truth as I saw it. I was called a “professwhore,” and a “denier” who didn’t care about the environment or the future. My integrity was questioned. I was accosted by angry students. The provost at the University of Oklahoma removed my freshman geology course from the list of approved general education courses. And contrary to popular belief, I have received no money from any energy company.
After my original article was published, some meteorologists at OU published a rebuttal (Oct. 10, 2006). They made the claim that I wrote with the intention of deliberately “misinforming” the public. But the Climategate e-mails demonstrate that it’s not skeptics like myself who have been misleading and misinforming the public. Climate researchers conspired to suppress the publication of dissenting views. Data were distorted and hidden for political purposes. The IPCC, that supposed bastion of objective and reliable science, has been revealed to be a political body that tendentiously manipulates data for ideological reasons. And we are just now learning that some of the IPCC’s wild predictions were not based upon scientific study, but upon speculative and self-serving claims invented by environmental advocacy groups. An IPCC allegation that mountain ice is disappearing around the world has been traced to an article published in a popular magazine for mountain climbers.