The words “global warming” provoke a sharp retort from Colorado State University meteorology professor emeritus William Gray: “It’s a big scam.”
And the name of climate researcher Kevin Trenberth elicits a sputtered “opportunist.”
At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where Trenberth works, Gray’s name prompts dismay. “Bill Gray is completely unreasonable,” Trenberth says. “He has a mind block on this.”
Only 55 miles separate NCAR’s headquarters, nestled in the Front Range foothills, from CSU in Fort Collins. But when it comes to climate change, the gap is as big as any in the scientific community. —Mark Jaffe —Global warming? (Denver Post)
Dissent and personal attacks make compelling stories, so I’m a bit leery about a science article that makes the issue so personal. Nevertheless, it’s rare to see journalism cover a scientific controversy with such depth, so this article is worth adding to my list of related global warming entries.