There’s an article in this issue of the Chico Beat about my views on global warming. You can read it here:
I knew going into it that they’d probably be critical of my views, but that’s what honest debate is all about. My tipoff was Josh Indar’s comment to me that “I’m surprised that you returned my call”. I learned a long time ago that even if you don’t like what the press is going to write about you, you should always be available and up front.
What really surprised me though was that they felt threatened enough by what I had to say to dedicate a complete editorial to it. http://chicobeat.com/?q=watts_is_wrong
And even more surprising was this missive: ” We feel the need to say that this week because we’ve already heard protests from a local climate expert, who we asked to counter Watts in this issue. The expert declined because, he said that printing Watts’ views will only encourage him, lending him a credibility he doesn’t deserve.”
Hmmm. Why is it that those whom have opposing views feel the need to posture this way? I find it telling that those whom say “the debate is over” related to “man made global warming” just shut out anything or anybody that might have another view. It is disengenuous when they do that. It also makes those who like to dig deeper mistrustful of the agenda. If I’m wrong, prove it with facts and logic, don’t just refuse on your own basis of superiority.
I appreciate the Chico Beat taking the time to interview me and print my views, even if they disagree with them.
On the downside, there are a number of abbreviated words and misspellings in the article along with a couple of factual errors related to Edward Teller. I’m quoted as saying he was on the Atomic Energy Commission Board in the 80′s. The agency was dissolved in 1975 and merged with the Department of Energy.
I’m pretty certain I said Teller was on the AEC in the 60′s. I’ve asked them to fix that.
On the upside they gave me some kudos for my work locally on solar power. Thanks.
I think in the interview I’ve given an honest, factual, and pragmatic account of why I think the way I do. But in the editorial, I’m said to be a victim of my own “cultural bias”. Translation: “Since he’s a conservative, he can’t possibly think for himself, so he must simply be regurgitating a mantra”. It will be interesting to see how many “culturally biased” letters appear in the Beat saying all sorts of things that may not be, um, nice.