A full three weeks ago, Chemistry Professor Nicholas Drapela of Oregon State University was fired. No reason came forward for the firing to date. Drapela suspects that OSU, with its radical perspectives on environmetalism, could no longer abide his skeptical views on climate change.
OSU is a hotbed of climate change advocacy. Kari Norgaard, another professor at OSU, equates climate change skepticism with racism and believes it should be treated as a sickness or mental illness. OSU has the academic look of “UCLA light” with its radical regard for climate change as the rationale for any and all perturbations in the weather.
Drapela was vocal about doubt regarding anthropogenic global warming (AGW). He presented talks questioning the “consensus” and the role of men vs. natural sources for purported changes in climate.
He was well liked by his students, but not by the school’s administration. When he asked repeatedly for the reason for his firing, none was forthcoming. No doubt about it. Teaching students to think for themselves rather than to swallow politically skewed science removed him from the ranks of scholarly professionals.
The same thing happened to James Enstrom, a professor at UCLA, who was fired for his take on the unsettled science of the global warming debate. They gave him the rationale that his teaching wasn’t aligned with the mission of the University. Well, sure, when the University’s mission is indoctrination, Enstrom would take no part in the skewing of science.
Real scientists who once supported fears of climate catastrophe now have backed off from those claims. Witness the retracted rhetoric of James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, who recently recanted his alarmist stance on climate. Witness the failures of IPCC predictions. Witness the world cooling rather than warming. But witness the inclusion of all extreme weather events as proof of climate change as made by men. AGW reigns in our academic institutions.
So, where is this academic furor on global warming coming from? Ask those whose livelihoods, jobs, incomes, funding, even psychological support, depend on promoting the hype. Ask those whose values have been corrupted by the benefits of politically correct science. Ask alarmists about all they would lose. Ask Scripps Institute how they would pay for their people without $25 million for climate research.
Prof. Nicholas Drapela would not be beholden unto a paycheck in place of principle. For that, he lost his place in academia. For that, OSU students lost the chance to learn truth. For that principled person, expanding the pandering to youth in our schools was not worth the corruption of a university professorship.
For every professor’s firing due to climate change skepticism comes further indoctrination of our students. We should watch out where we send our kids to school.