Dr. Christy is an outlier on what the vast majority of his colleagues consider to be a matter of consensus: that global warming is both settled science and a dire threat. He regards it as neither.
But in speeches, congressional testimony and peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, he argues that predictions of future warming have been greatly overstated and that humans have weathered warmer stretches without perishing. Dr. Christy's willingness to publicize his views, often strongly, has also hurt his standing among scientists who tend to be suspicious of those with high profiles.
"I detest words like contrarian' and denier,' " he said. "I'm a data-driven climate scientist. Every time I hear that phrase, The science is settled,' I say I can easily demonstrate that that is false, because this is the climate -- right here. The science is not settled."
Not long, as these things go, before his departure was announced Krugman thoroughly was indicted and publicly eviscerated for intellectual dishonesty by Harvard's Niall Ferguson in a hard-hitting three-part series in the Huffington Post, beginning here, and with a coda in Project Syndicate, all summarized at Forbes.com.
Ferguson: Where I come from we do not fear bullies. We despise them. And we do so because we understand that what motivates their bullying is a deep sense of insecurity. Unfortunately for Krugtron the Invincible, his ultimate nightmare has just become a reality. By applying the methods of the historian by quoting and contextualizing his own published words I believe I have now made him what he richly deserves to be: a figure of fun, whose predictions (and proscriptions) no one should ever again take seriously.
I just wanted to take the time to reach out to the folks who don't celebrate America on this Independence weekend. It's got to be tough with all the Pro America celebrations going on. The flash of fireworks recalling our victory over the British for our freedom. Families getting together to celebrating with the waving of flags and parades of folks celebrating patriotism and American Exceptionalism. It easy to understand your depression on this most patriotic of weekends. As Dinesh D'Souza's "America" movie hits the box office there is little talk of wars on women, economic justice, global warming, illegal immigration or any of your other typical liberal tirades.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, said he was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border. Bridenstine made an impromptu visit to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma and was told he couldn't enter and should email an HHS official to make an appointment. He was told July 21 would be the earliest date he could visit. Gov. Mary Fallin and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, visited the facility on June 20. Bridenstine said, "There is no excuse for denying a federal representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held. Any member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks."
Reverend Steve Fielder, a pastor at the First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, has accused Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's campaign of engaging in an illegal and criminal campaign scheme to purchase the votes of black community members.
To back up his claim, Fielder provided four text messages purporting to be sent to him by Saleem Baird, a staffer for the Cochran campaign -- messages that would, indeed, appear to indicate that Baird was using Fielder as a conduit to pay black voters for casting their ballot for Cochran.
Many attribute this win to the willingness of the black community in Mississippi (many of whom are assumed to be Democrats) to come out and cast their vote for Cochran -- votes perfectly permissible given the State's open primary rules so long as the voter has not already voted in a Democratic primary.