I attended a presentation this afternoon in Boulder by Judy Curry and Kevin Trenberth.
First Judy presented a very clear, calm, concise scientific explanation of why the science wasn’t settled, and why the 97% consensus was a meaningless number. It was obvious that she had put a large amount of thought into a way to present it in a way that any educated but non-technical person could understand.
Then Trenberth had his turn, and immediately launched into a 15 minute rant how Fox News and Republicans were going to cause the climate to be destroyed (and kill us all.) You might think that I am exaggerating about this, but I am not. Those were almost his exact words.
The good news is that Trenberth’s rant was so ugly, so political, and so opposite Judy’s soft spoken and well measured presentation – I imagine that most of the audience left a little more skeptical than they came in.
I’m curious if anyone is familiar with the legal implications of a civil servant launching a political attack in a public forum, while on the job and presenting himself as a representative of the government?