The politicization of science: Dr. Heidi Cullen of The Weather Channel suggests that meteorologists who don’t toe the line on global warming should lose their credentials:
Meteorologists are among the few people trained in the sciences who are permitted regular access to our living rooms. And in that sense, they owe it to their audience to distinguish between solid, peer-reviewed science and junk political controversy. If a meteorologist can’t speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn’t give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn’t agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns. It’s like allowing a meteorologist to go on-air and say that hurricanes rotate clockwise and tsunamis are caused by the weather. It’s not a political statement…it’s just an incorrect statement.
I agree with every meteorologist who says the topic of global warming has gotten too political. But that’s why talking about the science is so important!
Dr. Cullen’s logic is stunning! It’s not political unless you disagree with her interpretation of the data — then it’s political. And you shouldn’t be allowed to speak.