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The More OMSI Digs, The Deeper It Gets

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Earlier today, OMSI released a rather … ah … tepid statement defending their actions in calling off the AMS Climate event:

On October 22, the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) asked OMSI if they could hold their November 29 meeting at OMSI, after hours, at no charge. AMS has been a longtime community partner and we agreed without knowing the nature of the program planned for the meeting. The AMS sent OMSI additional details about the event on November 3, including the topic, scheduled speakers, and the plan to open the meeting to the general public. Due to the public invitation, OMSI became concerned that the event might be misconstrued as an OMSI-endorsed event and we had not been involved in the development of the programming. After a great deal of discussion and consideration, we came to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for OMSI to serve as a venue for the event without proper opportunity for our full involvement.

We have apologized to the AMS for the inconvenience that this has caused. OMSI is unwavering in our commitment to provide life-long science opportunities for children and adults. We have extended a formal invitation to the AMS to jointly develop and co-host a public forum on the science behind the human impact on climate change. We look forward to setting a date for this event and communicating it out soon.

We have documented how absurd it was for OMSI to claim a lack of peer reviewed research in the presentation. We have also documented the arrogance with which they justify their actions.

A particular passage above is worthy of note:

After a great deal of discussion and consideration, we came to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for OMSI to serve as a venue for the event without proper opportunity for our full involvement.

Why would OMSI, a museum that conducts very little research published in peer reviewed journals, wish to be involved in crafting the program? Shouldn’t their role be limited to that of providing the proper forum for the presentation of research for public consumption?

Unless, of course, they wish to advance a political agenda. Again, it must be asked – does this not jeopardize their non-profit, non-partisan 501(3)(c) status?

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a smoking gun.

This from Dr. Fulks this evening via email:

Hello Everyone,

In a conversation with Chuck Wiese a short while ago, he confirmed that Professor Phil Mote of Oregon State University is involved in the OMSI fiasco.  That information comes originally from Planetarium Manager Jim Todd at OMSI.  Phil Mote called them to express his reservations about OMSI allowing us to present anything, because he alleged that it would not be “peer-reviewed.”  If OMSI had had any scientific expertise, they would have easily seen through that attack.

We use just as much “peer-reviewed” science and government climate data as Mote does.  In fact I was going to present some of my own work that was published in the Journal Of Geophysical Research, because it is highly pertinent.  Other material and conclusions would have come from some of the most respected scientists in the world today, including Professor of Meteorology Richard Lindzen at MIT, Professor of Physics Freeman Dyson from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Professor Physics Will Happer at Princeton University who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Theoretical Physics Gerhard Gerlich of Germany, Professor of Advanced Physics Antonio Zichchi who is president of the World Federation of Scientists, and Nobel Laureate in Physics Ivar Giaever, to name a few.

Sorry Professor Mote, we are not the amateurs you suggested to OMSI.

Again, I call on OMSI to come clean and tell the entire story, including who made the decision to pull the plug on the Oregon AMS and why they waited until the very last minute.  Their press release from Middleton was a disgraceful attempt to spin this story.  Honesty is the only approach that will work here.  We will get the entire story, whether or not OMSI cooperates.

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA

Editor’s note: The reader will note the impressive list of world renowned physicists and climatologists who support Dr. Fulks in his pursuit of real science. Indeed, it is Dr. Fulks’ very rejection of junk science that has gotten him in hot water with the orthodoxy. It’s unfortunate that a museum such as OMSI was duped by the political and financial motivations of college professors who receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants to push the AGW theory. As this theory continues its inexorable collapse under the weight of more and more research, and as the Climategate Scandal continues to expand, one may not be surprised at those who are desperate to keep the grants coming. Given the compromised motivations of the editorial board of the Oregonian, we maintain a healthy level of skepticism that this international scandal, based right here in River City, will receive its due coverage. We shall see.

UPDATE: A commenter on another post on this blog was so upset upon hearing of these discriminatory actions that she took it upon herself to post the contact info for OMSI officials on her Facebook page to encourage her friends to voice their opinion. If the reader is so inclined, you may contact OMSI officials to express your opinion:

Per OMSI’s website – EXECUTIVE TEAM
President – Nancy Stueber
nstueber@omsi.edu
503.797.4514

Senior Vice President – Paul Carlson
pcarlson@omsi.edu
503.797.4608

Vice President, Center for Learning Experiences – Ray Vandiver
rvandiver@omsi.edu
503.797.4519

Vice President, Finance & Administration – Tim Mack
tmack@omsi.edu
503.797.4608

Vice President, Development – Natasha Seeley
nseeley@omsi.edu
503.797.4546

Vice President, Marketing, Membership & Sales – Mark Patel
mpatel@omsi.edu
503.797.4550

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4 Comments

  1. wildcat's Gravatar wildcat
    November 29, 2011    

    Wow, you guys. Seriously? So OMSI made a decision to postpone a meeting, and offer to move it elsewhere. It is their decision to do so, whether or not anyone approves. If you really believe OMSI needs to change, then get involved with the organization and change it that way, instead of running them down online. Otherwise, you just sound like a bunch of trolls.

    • November 29, 2011    

      Sorry, who’s the troll again? We’re bringing to light the fact that misinformation was passed around behind the scenes for purely political reasons. Get your facts straight.

  2. wildcat's Gravatar wildcat
    November 29, 2011    

    Unless you’re directly involved, chances are that you don’t know the full story. I retract the troll comment, but reserve it for others.

    • November 29, 2011    

      Which others? I hope you don’t mean Chuck Wiese and Gordon Fulls, as we are in direct contact with them, and they are the scientists who got screwed by OMSI.

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