Oh! What a terrible day for Penn State Republicans! The new president-elect of Penn State — geoscientist Eric Barron — is a world-renowned paleoclimatologist, and he fully supports the conclusion that the Earth is warming because of fossil-fuel burning.
It had been a great season for Pennsylvania climate deniers: Whenever it is cold in the East, the climate deniers in Congress, on Fox News (including owner Rupert Murdoch) and in right-wing think tanks like the Cato Institute come out in droves to proclaim the death of global warming. It matters not a whit that while it was cold and snowy in the east, California and Australia, for example, were experiencing record high temperatures, and Fairbanks, Alaska, reached a record 61 degrees Fahrenheit. In January.
No: If it is as cold in the East as it used to be every winter, conservatives loudly proclaim global warming to be a sham.
Now that Penn State is being run by a climate scientist and spring is coming, what will Nittany Lion climate deniers do? Start a break-away Penn State that rejects climate change? Let’s hear a “roar!” for truthiness!
If you want to check Eric Barron’s position, here is a link: http://chronicle.com/article/Audio-A-University-President/126296/
CHARLES E. JONES
The writer is a lecturer for the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh.