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OMSI Has Egg On Its Face – Excludes Peer Reviewed Science From Climate Conference

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What an interesting follow up we have today to last weekend’s canceled climate conference at OMSI.

The reader will recall that OMSI canceled, at the last minute, the Oregon American Meteorological Society’s event featuring Meteorologist Chuck Wiese, Climatologist George Taylor, and Gordon Fulkes, PhD, on November 29 due to the inclusion of AGW skeptics on the agenda.

Reaction is pouring in from scientists all around the world, and several AMS members are canceling their memberships over this matter.

One gentleman replied to the email announcement from Dr. Fulkes:

What? Really???

No room for an alternate point of view at OMSI? Orthodoxy instead of a fair and objective hearing of ideas? This is disgraceful. Whoever made the decision to cancel the AMS meeting ought to be fired on grounds of disrespect for science.

I have volunteered at OMSI in the past. I won’t be doing that in the future.

I have, by the way, a Ph.D. in Computer Science and what I consider to be very good reasons for being skeptical about the results of the computer models that underlie the claim that human-generated CO2 is causing global warming.

Please forward these comments to OMSI’s High Priest of the Reigning Dogma (i.e. the imperial authority who made this bad and unscientific decision).

Dr. Fulkes has provided some further detail in his reply:

Apparently one of the excuses that OMSI gave to the AMS was that they did not approve of anything less than peer-reviewed science being presented at OMSI.  That is especially ironic because they permitted the AMS Winter Weather Conference to go ahead which did not feature ANY peer-reviewed science.

And I was going to begin my talk on November 29 with a discussion of the peer-reviewed science that I have done that forms the foundation for some of the most exciting things happening in real climate science: the cosmic ray – cloud  connection of Henrik Svensmark.  That is, of course,  peer-reviewed science too.  One of my professors (the great Astrophysicist Eugene Parker) was partially responsible for forcing one of the major scientific journals to take a serious look at the high quality work coming from the Danish Space Research Institute and Svensmark.  Svensmark also has the support of the brilliant Israeli Astrophysicist Nir Shaviv.

But the people at OMSI took the word of someone from PSU who apparently claimed that we were not competent scientists!  I agree that that person should be fired for failing to exercise due diligence and for failing to have ANY respect for the scientific discussions that are so necessary in real science.

Climate science that cannot be discussed is not science at all.  OMSI should at least be able to understand that.  I hope.

Now, let me focus on one point here that I found striking in its arrogance:

Apparently one of the excuses that OMSI gave to the AMS was that they did not approve of anything less than peer-reviewed science being presented at OMSI.  That is especially ironic because they permitted the AMS Winter Weather Conference to go ahead which did not feature ANY peer-reviewed science. 

And I was going to begin my talk on November 29 with a discussion of the peer-reviewed science that I have done …

This is quite possibly the most insulting treatment you could give an internationally famous PhD who has devoted his life to finding the truth through the scientific method. To be so dismissive of such an esteemed researcher reveals blatant elitism. Dr. Fulkes also reveals the source of the reconsideration – a professor at Portland State who raised some sort of objection based on heresay and a failure by Dr. Fulkes to prostrate himself to the AGW cultists.

OMSI has shown itself in this process to be against the scientific method and real research when it does not fit their agenda. This, then, makes it a political decision. I wonder how that affects their tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit?

Postscript: Let’s see how long it takes The Oregonian to pick up on this story.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Kozlowski's Gravatar Kozlowski
    November 29, 2011    

    “But the people at OMSI took the word of someone from PSU who apparently claimed that we were not competent scientists! ”

    Does PSU stand for Penn State University? The very same place where Michael Mann sent his now infamous emails (released in Climategate 2.0) trying to get skeptics shut down?

    From my recollection of reading the climategate 2.0 emails, Mann used the exact same methods, claiming that the scientists were not competent, that they were motivated by politics and were funded by oil companies.

  2. jabber00's Gravatar jabber00
    November 30, 2011    

    I don’t think talking of people being fired is sensible. Isn’t this similar to the actions taken by “the team” and their hangers on in the cases of Chris de Freitas and later Baulinas and Soon and which this and other blogs have criticised.

    • November 30, 2011    

      jabber00, that all depends on whether this affects the museum’s tax exempt status as a nonprofit. If that has been compromised, heads will roll.

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