George Taylor, Oregon State Climatologist, responds to the Willamette Week article written by Paul Koberstein:
George Taylor shouldn’t scare anybody. He has been a vegetarian since the 1970s. He commutes to work by bicycle. He’s an ex-hippie and an ex-surfer. He recycles. He likes trees and salmon.
He’s also, according to his critics, one of the most dangerous men in Oregon.
Nestled comfortably in a state that boasts of its environmental cred the way California touts its sunshine, Taylor is one of the leading circuit riders for the church of Global Warming Ain’t Happening.
From his third-floor office in the Strand Agriculture building at Oregon State University, Taylor, 58, a state employee who runs an agency with a half-million-dollar annual budget, is often at work discrediting the well-established scientific facts about global warming.
His views have been read on the floor of the U.S. Senate and, most recently, influenced global-warming bills in Salem. In the past, he also has tried to undermine global-warming legislation in Canada.
“Look, it’s not that complicated,” says Taylor, who, as head of the Oregon Climate Service at OSU, is known as the state climatologist. “It’s not clear that we are seeing unprecedented warming, and it’s definitely untrue that any warming trend can be assigned to human activities. Natural variations in climate are much more significant than any human activities…………………..”
Video of Taylor’s response is here.
A transcript is here.
Excerpt: I get most of my information from peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, and Climate Research. The articles I write (including, for example, the Arctic article) are based on journal articles and contain full bibliographies. Admittedly, I seldom give“both sides” of the argument, because the “other side” (the one that suggests that human activities exert a dominant role in the climate system) is well-represented in journals and the media. My goal is to be a voice saying “wait, maybe there’s another side to this. Take a look at THIS data and see what you think. Then let’s talk about it.” Unfortunately, this issue has become such a divisive and angry one that ad hominem attacks have replaced dialogue..
When I write about global climate issues, I do so on my own time from home. I’m cautious about having my opinion construed as representing the State of Oregon or Oregon State University, and I try to separate my analyses of global climate from my day to day work as the State Climatologist.