Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a special new Valentine today: Climate Scientists. I urge you to make them your Valentine too by visiting the “I Heart Climate Scientists” facebook page.
I must say I have been surprised over the years by the vilification of climate scientists, which was described well yesterday by Cara Horowitz at Legal Planet. In my graduate work at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley in the early 1990s, I took perhaps one of the earliest courses on climate science. With amazing professors John Harte (see here for a recent interview on climate science in Forbes) and John Holdren (currently on staff at the White House), the class spent the better part of the semester essentially constructing a simple general circulation model. From this as well as other interactions I have had with scientists working in the field, I am just baffled that the notion that climate scientists are in it for the money and other similar conspiracy theories have had any traction at all.
So don’t forget to share some love with climate scientists today and whenever else you have the opportunity!
- Lesley McAllister