Climate skeptic instructor fired from Oregon State University

Gordon Fulks sends this summary of the situation and asks that it be distributed. I’m happy to oblige. For some background on Dr. Drapela’s skeptical views, this slideshow “Global Warming Cracked Open” might give some insight into OSU’s booting him out.  – Anthony

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From Gordon Fulks:

Hello Everyone,

In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance. A wide range of ideas are openly discussed. The most viable rise to the top and the least viable fade away. But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity.

OSU is not yet as swift or efficient as the Soviet system when Joseph Stalin was trying to quash dissent among biologists who refused to go along with Trofim Lysenko. If warnings to compromise their integrity were not followed, Stalin simply had biologists shot. That quickly thinned the ranks of all biologists and persuaded the remaining ones to comply with Stalin’s wishes. Of course, it also destroyed Soviet biology, because Lysenko was pedaling nonsense. And Russian biology has never recovered.

We learned over the weekend that chemist Nickolas Drapela, PhD has been summarily fired from his position as a “Senior Instructor” in the Department of Chemistry. The department chairman Richard Carter told him that he was fired but would not provide any reason. Subsequent attempts to extract a reason from the OSU administration have been stonewalled. Drapela appears to have been highly competent and well-liked by his students. Some have even taken up the fight to have him reinstated.

What could possibly have provoked the OSU administration to take precipitous action against one of their academics who has been on their staff for ten years, just bought a house in Corvallis, and has four young children (one with severe medical problems)? Dr. Drapela is an outspoken critic of the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, the official religion of the State of Oregon, the Oregon Democratic Party, and Governor John Kitzhaber.

Five years ago, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor went around quietly saying that he was not a believer. Then Governor Ted Kulongoski and many faculty at OSU including Dr. Jane Lubchenco made life impossible for Taylor, and he retired. (Lubchenco is now head of NOAA in the Obama administration.) Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria. A small army of researchers ponder the effects of Global Warming on all sorts of things from tube worms living along the Oregon Coast to butterflies inland. When the climate refuses to warm (as it has for the last twenty years), they just study ‘warming in reverse!’ Most of us call that “cooling,” but they are very careful not to upset their Obama administration contract monitors with politically incorrect terminology.

Skeptics of Global Warming who oppose the OSU approach and oppose the politicians who make it all possible but do not work for OSU also find themselves attacked. Dr. Art Robinson who is running against Peter DeFazio for an Oregon Congressional seat found three of his children under attack at OSU. All were attempting to obtain advanced degrees in the Nuclear Engineering Department and were threatened with dismissal. Because Robinson fought back, we understand that the OSU administration backed down.

As to the latest victim of political correctness at OSU, Dr. Nickolas Drapela gives us an excellent synopsis of what is going on:

The fact of the matter is that it is now two weeks since I was fired and no one has had the cajones or the common courtesy to even tell me why. I have spoken with the Dept. Chair (Rich Carter) who fired me, and he refused to tell me why. I spoke to the Dean of Science (Vince Remcho) and he couldn’t tell me why. I spoke to HR who set up a meeting with me, then cancelled it an hour before. Then I went to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Becky Warner) and she sent me back to Rich Carter, the chemistry chair.

It’s just a sad, sad state of affairs that an institution like OSU would fire a good employee for (ostensibly) no reason and then run around and hide from the person they fired. I had stellar teaching evaluations, I won College of Science awards for teaching, and published textbooks. My class sections were always full and I was well-liked by students (see ratemyprofessors.com). I was doing my job very well. But I guess I didn’t march in step with their philosophies.

There were quite a few student protests over this at OSU (Barometer, Facebook, etc.) but to no avail.

I was given no severance and had no warning this was about to happen. In fact, I was lured into the chair’s office under the guise of a fallacious story before being fired.

As you know, I was probably the most visibly-outspoken critic of the Global Warming doctrine at OSU. I gave several public talks on the topic and did research in the area which I regularly posted on the web. I was also on a few talk radio shows in the area. I think they finally just said, we can’t have this.

Can it be that a university whose motto is “Open minds. Open doors” cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma? I suppose I am too naive, but I’m still reeling from it. Unbelievable.

I should say that they regularly read all my email communications, which is why I am writing from this private email address. That has been going on for quite some time now.

As far as my options at this point, like I said I haven’t even really grasped what has just happened. I don’t know what I’m going to do, or what options I have yet. I’m sure OSU wants their story to be tight and perfectly identical among all administration before coming out with an official reason why I was fired, hence the long wait and refusal to speak to me.

I truly thank you for your concern, and I hope there is some recourse, even just for the sake of exposing what is happening at OSU.

In a separate e-mail Drapela went on to say:

Thanks so much for your support and your concern. That’s really nice. My students were all really upset about it. They started an email writing campaign to have me re-hired but I guess no one cares what they think.

I find that the people who want to keep things secret all the time are usually the people that have something to hide. It is certainly ok by me for you to disseminate this story. But I’m sure OSU would be horrified.

I’m not sure how I will support my family at this point. We just bought a house in Corvallis. I have four kids, one of whom has a rare, blood disorder and requires regular trips to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for treatment. Now we will be without health insurance.

We can only speculate as to how the decision to fire Drapela was made. Unlike the decision to force Taylor out (which came from the governor’s office), this decision was likely internal to OSU with the implicit backing of Governor Kitzhaber and NOAA administrator Lubchenco. I would suspect that Dr. Phil Mote (Director of their Climate Change Research Institute) had a hand in the decision, because he has previously been highly intolerant of those who oppose his ideas and could potentially threaten his business empire.

Please join with me in supporting Nick Drapela. Please join with me in supporting objective science, as well as academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance. The issues here go far beyond just Global Warming and strike at the very heart of who we are as scientists and Americans.

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA

P.S. Please circulate this e-mail far and wide. The world needs to know what is going on here.

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239 thoughts on “Climate skeptic instructor fired from Oregon State University

  1. Vicious bunch aren’t they? Boy if that was a Heartland doing that to a AGW pumper, it would be splashed large across the NYT.

  2. Very interesting that he should not be given a reason for dismissal. In the UK this simply would be impossible. Employment law demands that a written reason for dismissal is provided and it has to comply fully with strict laws of employment and termination. There would have to be strong disrepute or gross misconduct charges laid for there to be an instant dismissal. There would have to be a series of verbal warnings leading to formal written warnings and then dismissal if this was a long term issue between the parties.

    It is impossible to dismiss someone now under the guise of “it’s just not working out” unless they are in a probationary period and even then you as the employer have to practically beg or pay them off to quit so there are no reprisals.

    Even if you dismissed a person saying “we can’t afford to keep the position you hold so you have to leave” causes problems for the employer who then can’t offer that same position to another, different person for at least 2 years.

    Just not being given a written notification of reasons for dismissal within 14 days ( I think, that may have changed) is grounds for a case of unfair dismissal and these are often won in favour of the employee.

    The behaviour of this University baffles me. but then I’m not in the US.

  3. The reference to Lysenko is more relevant than the writer probably appreciated. The behavioral sciences component of the National Science Foundation is asserting dominance over the natural sciences. You can see it in the UN reports involving education for sustainable development.

    One has predictable outcomes and they wish it did not. The other is wanted as a tool to create predictable outcomes.

    Anthony- I have this story and was going to break it later in the week as the Rio+20 meetings started up. We can coordinate and go ahead and get this out there. It came from following education but it is first and foremost about using climate change. It is not a minor story and like most things significant, was sitting on servers in another country.

    I am not surprised this is a touchy time at OSU. Let’s not forget that charming regional ed lab out there.

  4. I am convinced that the present university system is going to come crashing down as let’s face it the majority of its research has zero impact in the real world, though some people might think that is a good thing! There is no academic freedom, just dogma from a small tenured elite…

  5. The Office of the Inquisition of the Doctrine of the Faith’s got nothin’ on these guys. No public stake burning on the university quad?

  6. From a deeply philosophical viewpoint I had always held that the existence of evil was just a mythical product of the irrational faith in supernatural forces. I thought that bad is just bad on a person by person basis . . . . no reason to consider an over-arching evil.

    The OSU behavior makes me question my previous viewpoint about the existence of evil. Is this the behavior of rational people in 21st century USA? Oregon, you should be ashamed.

    John

  7. If the cause really is a difference in ideology, (and all the evidence suggests it is) this is disgraceful…..how can they sleep in their beds?

  8. For our non-US friends:
    I don’t know about Oregon, but many states in the USA are what is called ‘at will’ work states (such as my home state of Ohio). This means that employment is considered to be voluntary by both parties. One can be dismissed from a job (unless you are a protected minority) for pretty much anything, including picking the wrong luncheon meats for your packed lunch, just as the employee has the right to terminate employment for any reason. The benefits of this arrangemt include the inability of an employer to enforce any non-compete clause, such as when an employee leaves to work for a competitor.
    Different states vary in these laws, and adding in a state-funded institution undoubtedly complicates the situation, but termination without cause is often quite legal (again, unless you are a legally protected minority).

  9. zootcadillac says:
    June 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Very interesting that he should not be given a reason for dismissal. In the UK this simply would be impossible.
    ========
    While not impossible, firing without notice in Canada it would certainly be grounds for an unfair dismissal charge and could result in court ordered re-in-statement. Depending on whether the company was provincially or federally regulated, the government will provide you with a civil servant to bring charges against the company.

  10. THIS is the “Land of the Free”?

    No dissenting opinions allowed?
    and…
    No reason given, no severance pay?

  11. Not surprising that 97% of climate scientists believe in global warming. They believe 100% that they will get fired otherwise.

  12. Anthony: it appears to me that several paragraphs of Dr. Drapela’s two email statements are not in italics when they should be.

  13. Maybe Hillsdale College in Michigan needs a Chemistry professor? They do have a chemistry program and they take exactly $0 per year in government money so they can remain independent.

  14. Sorry, no sale. In this litigious day and age no one with the slightest level of sophistication fires someone with no cause and with out making that cause known to the person fired (as an employer of 350 people, I know from painful personal experience). It’s a great way to rally the troops but I’m calling BS here.

  15. “Don’t you have unfair dismissal law in America?”

    IANAL

    Yes. But as a white male I was not in a protected class……

    I was fired for being too old (my summary of the state and the federal EOCs findings) but they were unwilling to pursue the matter in the courts and I could not afford to.

    If you are a white male it doesn’t much matter what the law says–the buy offs are treated as a cost of doing business.

  16. If that were my state, I would be rattling the cages of the Board of Regents for an answer. If I was an alumni I would be deeply ashamed of my college.

  17. I’m desperately sorry for Nick Drapela and his family – and having four children myself, I can only imagine the anxiety Nick and his wife are experiencing. Under the code of academic freedom supposedly at the heart of university intellectual life this should have been impossible. His treatment exemplifies the reason so many of us post comments anonymously. I’m not under immediate threat, fortunately, being a historian, but the hint of skepticism that I revealed in a past grant application certainly did not help my career. The group-think intolerance of the believers and political activists is a massive threat to the careers of skeptical scientists.

    Is there any way we can help? (Aside from voting Obama out of office to purge this corrupt administration…)

  18. ferd berple at June 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm makes a good point. This could turn into another own goal. Skeptics need to use this event to destroy the 97% claim. Yes, we know it’s manufactured, but most people don’t. With this item it can be easily argued that no climate scientists would dare come out with anything other than support.

  19. Here’s that “97%” talking point, exposed for what it is…..

    97% of climate scientists will lose thier job if they don’t believe in global warming.

  20. This is what a consensus looks like.
    Academic and political freedoms look entirely different.

  21. ferd berple says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Not surprising that 97% of climate scientists believe in global warming. They believe 100% that they will get fired otherwise.

    – – – – – –

    ferd berple,

    Good.

    When fear of unemployment, as a guarantee of so-called ‘objectivity’ in conformance with the ‘so-called’ CAGW consensus, is an Oregon university’s tactic wrt skeptics then science in the USA in Oregon is dead.

    John

  22. “If that were my state, I would be rattling the cages of the Board of Regents for an answer. If I was an alumni I would be deeply ashamed of my college.”

    All of which (with $25.00) will get you your choice of a used beany in the school colors or a one week subscription to The Daily Barometer.

  23. Assuming that freedom of expression is still a “constitutional provision” within the state of Oregon, I suspect OSU will have to budget for some legal fees.

    Along with legal actions for breach of contract and violation of statute, a fired employee may have a wrongful discharge claim. Even though Oregon generally recognizes the at-will employment rule, certain discharges are considered by the courts to be wrongful. For example, it is wrongful to discharge an employee for complying with a public duty, such as jury duty. Oregon courts have found it wrongful to discharge an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim, for resisting on-the-job sexual harassment, or for refusing to sign a statement attacking the character of another employee. The general rule is: it is wrongful to discharge an employee for fulfilling a societal obligation or asserting rights directly related to his or her role as an employee that are guaranteed by contract, statute, constitutional provision or a public policy.

    http://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1100_RightsLoseJob.htm

  24. Richard M says:June 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    “…ferd berple at June 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm makes a good point. This could turn into another own goal. Skeptics need to use this event to destroy the 97% claim…”

    Richard, Ferd and others in here are very correct.

    This should be used as a very fine example of how the “97% consensus” is achieved.

  25. As an aside-What I have seen in other states involves what are effectively gag rules for not violating the terms of what is being pushed under an NSF grant to research universities. The Principal Investigator if they have sufficient pull will go to Bd of Regents and get a policy in place the promotions, salaries, etc are tied to a certain policy. You don’t have to push it but it is designed that the only people who can go against are in the last position they want with tenure. Otherwise those who oppose are to be quiet.

    I have seen it where colleges of ed are receiving grants for pushing certain practices, policies, and curricula in K-12. And other state university systems lusting over having such an overt means of control.

    Education and climate change are too tied as effective tools for Oregon not to be thinking like this.

  26. The relevant section of the OSU Faculty Handbook is here: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/faculty-handbook-academic-freedom-and-faculty-appointments

    It should be pointed out that Dr. Drapela was not exactly “fired”, although in many respects it looks like that; rather he was not reappointed. OSU apparently offers contracts for a year at a time, so-called “fixed-term” contracts, and the handbook doesn’t seem much concerned with “timely notice of non-reappointment” for such faculty. A law-suit for wrongful termination probably wouldn’t go far because he was not terminated.

    There is an AAUP chapter at OSU, but my guess is that they are not willing to rock the boat.

    These really are a bunch of cold, cold, cold b******s, aren’t they?

  27. Well, here’s his problem.

    http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=130822&page=1

    Can’t have teaching excellence, now can we.

    Note that his lowest score is for “easiness”, so it’s not just that he is chums with his students. And there were 122 responses!

    Of course, we know from the Penn State “inquiry” that it’s attracting grant money that is the true test of a University professor’s worthiness.

  28. Not sure what the Oregon law is, but even an at-will state like Wyoming (my home) still recognizes ‘academic tenure’. Unless Dr. Drapela was advised that he remained an “at-will” employee once past the customary probationary period (usually three years for full-time faculty), he is automatically ‘tenured’, and cannot be dismissed without some justifiable cause, due process, and significant documentation.

    Absent any or all of the above, I say a full-court press (pun intended) is in order, and OSU should be made to pay substantial actual and punitive damages.

    I will Dr. Drapela well, and I hope Nicole Mitchell (formerly of the Wx Channel) is EQUALLY successful in her suit against her former employer ( cf icecap.us ) .

    Regards,

    Mark H.

  29. Look, you really ought to think twice before setting up laws that make it difficult to fire unwanted employees. In Japan twenty years ago it used to be — and perhaps still is — practically unheard of for white-collar employees to be fired. Then came the great Japanese crash, and lots of companies had to downsize. The story back then was when an employee didn’t leave voluntarily, management would put him deep in a sub-basement office, give him nothing to do, and gradually turn down the lights. Presumably as darkness crept in toward his paperless and computerless desk, the employee would eventually give in and “voluntarily” leave.

    If the people you work for don’t want you around, it is bad for both them and you to force the association to continue. Bad for them because their character becomes degraded as they treat you unfairly, and bad for you because you not only end up accepting their unfair treatment — degrading your character also — but also waste finite working years sitting alone in the dark (only metaphorically, I hope) in return for a paycheck.

    If you stumble across something illegal at work and want to spend the time needed to bring criminals to justice, by all means go ahead and make the effort, cooperating with whatever government or private agencies seem appropriate. What happened at OSU, however, doesn’t sound criminal — just unethical and hypocritical, and there’s a lot of that everywhere — though usually not so obvious to outsiders. The Dilbert comic strip should be your guide as you search for your next job (all too often the attitudes presented there are not at all exaggerated but rather the stone cold truth about how large organizations work.)

  30. D. Cohen,

    Despite all that, he is still entitled to a reason, whouldn’t you say?

    It’s not like he was given warnings, or got bad performance reviews. Please stop being an apologist for what was done, and the way it was done. Put yourself in his place.

  31. Here’s Nick Drapela’s web page.

    http://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/~drapelan/drapela.htm

    There is a section on climate change that does not appear to have been updated since 2009. It’s not contentious, but it is opinionated.

    I suspect he was fired for venturing outside his field of expertise and publicizing his views. If that is the case, OSU is in trouble. This could turn into a cause celebre unless there is something we are not being told that is a genuine cause for firing. If his firing was based on ideological differences with a majority of the science faculty on the subject of climate change, then he has been unfairly terminated and Oregon State is guilty of violating the conventions of academic freedom

  32. “EW-3 says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm
    Time for a wrongfull termination law suit.”

    Now wouldn’t that be funny. He wins his dismissal case. And bankrupts the OSU. :-)

  33. A personal tragedy for Dr Drapela, that’s for sure but, until and unless this is brought out transparently, a huge question mark about American democracy and sense of fair play.
    I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  34. Just another story to forward to my Congressman and Speaker Boehner. More potential savings in the federal budget by defunding Oregon State.

  35. hmmmmm….I wonder if anyone here knows how to use the freedom of information act to access information from Universities…if the reason for Dr. Drapela’s dismissal WERE related to his views on AGW, we have the opportunity to catch them red handed.

  36. Well, by my reckoning, OSU is squarely within the unofficial “nation” of Ecotopia. Being that’s the case, and being that Vera Alwen (sp?) set up a nearly perfect Allendeian People’s Republic, it stands to reason that Capitalist Gaia Hating Pigs need to be silenced and reeducated. To the camp! /sarc

  37. John Whitman says (June 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm): “Is this the behavior of rational people in 21st century USA?”

    Unfortunately, yes. As long as there are big bucks in climate alarmism, it’s rational from a financial point of view to maintain the illusion of a “consensus” and purge the dissidents, especially since OSU will likely pay no penalty for doing so. It’s also rational for a capitalist to make money, when the opportunity arises, by accepting a taxpayer handout to start a business of dubious viability.

    In fact, as long as we as voters let politicians spend our money and tell us how to live our lives, it’s perfectly rational for parasites such as the OSU Climate Change Research Institute, Solyndra, and Peggy the Moocher to demand more and more from those in our society who actually produce something.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2008/11/05/peggy_the_moocher/page/full/

  38. IF you google “Nickolas Drapela global warming” you will find a power point presentation he did in March of 2008 (“Global Warming is a Lie”) that is fairly tendentious. I’m guessing his problems with the science faculty began around then.

  39. The problem here is that universities are relying more and more on non-tenure track faculty. They are very vulnerable. I do not know if this man’s views on global warming were a factor, but even the fact that this is a question has a chilling effect.

    Four non-tenure track faculty were fired from my dept. last year. They got their jobs back through union grievances. I certainly wish Dr. Drapela and his family all the best in either getting his job back or finding a suitable position elsewhere.

    [Moderator's Note: Good wishes are noted, Mike, but there is still the matter of that invalid e-mail address. Please be kind enough to rectify the situation. -REP]

  40. Robert E. Phelan says:
    June 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    It should be pointed out that Dr. Drapela was not exactly “fired”, although in many respects it looks like that; rather he was not reappointed. OSU apparently offers contracts for a year at a time, so-called “fixed-term” contracts, and the handbook doesn’t seem much concerned with “timely notice of non-reappointment” for such faculty. A law-suit for wrongful termination probably wouldn’t go far because he was not terminated.

    There is an AAUP chapter at OSU, but my guess is that they are not willing to rock the boat.

    These really are a bunch of cold, cold, cold b******s, aren’t they?

    ————————–

    Sadly, I fear you are correct (and I completely agree with your sentiment). In my experience (and I spent many years as a contract faculty member) the union is reluctant to rock the boat on such issues, and once the contract is completed the union has no interest in the instructor as he or she no longer technically belongs to the union. At my university we do have seniority rules for faculty in the continuing education (night, spring and summer teaching) division, and the union is assiduous about having hirings adhere to seniority rules. However, there do not seem to be any such safe-guards for sessional instructors in the regular term, and I’ve seen some nasty politics happen.

  41. Drapela claims ‘it’s the Sun’,using an uncited reproduction of a graphic of Friis-Christiansen and Lassen’s 1991 paper…hmm.

  42. Once again the eco fascists abuse their authority for all to see…. All I can say to Dr Drapela is to keep embarrassing the University as much as possible over its sacking of him while he goes about finding better employment elsewhere.

    If they want to become a University renown for its ecofascism and socialist group thinking…… Then so be it. Let them rot in their own perversity, Dr Drapela wouldn’t want to work there anyway.

    The times are changing anyway, in a few years Universities like OSU will be purging their eco fascists and crawling after other streams of revenue while begging scientists who have publicly maintained their commitment to the scientific method to teach in their establishments.

    Like the Thompson’s, I find what has happened to Dr Drapela utterly distasteful and unfair. This period in history will be recorded as infamy and it will not be forgotten, nor the main players who perpetrated the worst excesses of the AGW scam.

  43. Pardon, but if the termination was due to ideological differences, then this behavior is nothing new- from the hip and cool- “concerned” left, that is.
    How many times have you read about this or that scheduled speaker with a viewpoint contrary to the prevalent leftist ideology being banned, boycotted or physically attacked on modern American university campuses?
    This sort of thing happens all the time.
    Don’t look for anyone in academia or the MSM to take up the cause of intellectual freedom.

  44. It is the same even in the fossil fuel industry. It is very dangerous to speak the truth. Most large industrial companies have already several high level people whose careers are founded upon promulgating the CAGW myth, often several of the top executives have fallen for the myth. After all, CAGW is a problem of such grave proportions that all those execs, who take themselves a bit too seriously, actually enjoy going around pontificating about saving the planet – it is so much more grandiose than worrying about mundane things like “shareholders returns”!

  45. It is Oregon, after all. If it were a nation it would be third-world. The most important thing ever to happen there is that the scabland floods rose to 400′ in the city of my birth. Sadly, the waters receded. Yes, my greatest sorrow and lingering shame is that I was born and raised in Portland (Portlandia), Oregon. Is it any wonder I post anonymously.

  46. Robert Phelan is correct and, while sad that such seemingly obvious grievous behavior is alloed to occur, the notion of “at-will” employment is not only a boon to both employees and employers alike, it is also how things should be. The workforce has grown so accustomed to being “entitled” to a job they have forgotten what a serious breach of individual rights it really is. of course, it swings both ways and he can certainly attempt to sue (though will not likely win) and embarrass them for their crass behavior (legal or not, such terminations are childish).

    Hopefully he will find a better gig with a better contract, one that allows him to speak freely.

    Mark

  47. “Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
    — Dwight D. Eisenhower

    I’m afraid we didn’t listen, again.

  48. It’s just a sad, sad state of affairs that an institution like OSU would fire a good employee for (ostensibly) no reason and then run around and hide from the person they fired.

    This is how the left operates…. in secret. It’s not just limited to the egregious examples we’ve all seen in climate science. It runs from the highest levels to the lowest levels. This problem is not getting the widespread attention it deserves.

    I quit a special interest club a couple years ago that I had been member of for 25 years because the lefties running it would no longer publish meeting or board minutes and financial statements in the newsletter and shut down any critical comments on the mail list of how the club was being run. I was told such discussion was not appropriate.

    This sort of behavior needs to be exposed wherever we see it.

  49. Nick says:
    June 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Drapela claims ‘it’s the Sun’,using an uncited reproduction of a graphic of Friis-Christiansen and Lassen’s 1991 paper…hmm.
    —————————————————————

    So what?

  50. Jaewonnie says:
    June 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Green is the new McCarthy…

    Yeah but McCarthy was right, there were communists in our government.

  51. pa32 I think you better rethink your position. I don’t know the details of this case. But it is certainly possible to fire a teacher in my state with no cause stated. Being a Republican or a global warming proponent or asking for a competitive wage are all things I know of that have ended careers. If you don’t have to state a cause than unfair firing laws or claimed civil service protections become meaningless.

  52. On the evening of January 17th 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his farewell speech to the Nation. This speech is known to us as Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial Complex” Speech. However imminently following Eisenhower’s warning about the Military Industrial Complex, Ike launched into a five paragraph, warning about the real dangers a scientific elite posed to liberty, and the democratic process. Below is this warning. Do you think it has any bearing???

    “Akin to, [the military industrial complex] and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
    In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
    Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
    The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, [coma]… project allocations, [coma]… and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower 01/17, /1961

  53. I am not saying that this is right under any circumstance, but I do believe any company or organization should have the right to terminate anyone for any reason. I believe that telling an individual or company that you have to hire or can’t fire this person because of race, religion, sexuality, weight, or beliefs is overregulation. Do I think he should have been fired, no. I think colleges are too busy indoctrinating people and not busy enough doing their jobs at educating them.

  54. How horrid, Dr Drapela, that you and your family are paying this huge price for your contrarian position on the cause and nature of global warming. The vast majority of those of us who speak out are of retirement age. We are ready to accept retirement if it comes.
    If I had been a 40 or even a 50 year old and still employed by ABC or one of the other networks when this scientific controversary arose, I would have faced the test of personal fortitude; speak out and suffer the consequences or remain silent. I cannot tell you what I would have done.
    But, a University is supposed to be different; a special enclave free of these pressures where contrarian views and debate are treasured and protected. I witnessed this throughout my youth as the son of a Communist college professor. Clearly your Univerisity failed to meet the high standards. But, what can I, or all of us, do to change the situaiton. I feel helpless. But, I am in your corner, for what it is worth. Good luck.

  55. Sorry to hear of your troubles. I have given a few talks down in Corvallis over the years and helped with several projects. Nice campus and much more open minded then U of O in Eugene.
    Sometimes it is nice to talk to someone who understands these matters better.
    For example: http://www.employmentlaw-nw.com/
    OSU is a wonderful campus. In fact, Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach for the Beavers at OSU.

    Best wishes.

  56. This doesn’t surprise me. Some of my friends and, yes, some of my relatives, show contempt and disgust towards me just for putting forward facts that contradict the AGW mantra. They don’t consider that they should even explain why the react that way – the facts must be wrong, end of story. So to hear it happen at an employment level, well…. it don’t surprise me one iota. I do hope the students have the courage to demand loudly and publicly that the university maintains an open approach to other peoples’ views and is seen to be doing this by actively supporting the right to differ.

  57. The problem is obvious, Corvallis is in the heart of a very green green valley. The sun goes away every October not to return until the following May. In the inbetween times they suffer through intense guilt for having logged every decent hemlock and fir from Coos Bay to Hebo and a gray pergutory of cloud mass gathers and drizzles insessently, mother nature shedding her tears as only she can, until the institutional inmates go a bit clock work orange so to speak.

    [Moderator's Note: This Mike is not the same as the other Mike and this one has been commenting longer. -REP]

  58. But the salmon and dungeness are good around there.

    [Moderator's Note: This one isn't that other Mike either. -REP]

  59. Oy — now they’re resorting to drive-by’s:

    “I’m not sure how I will support my family at this point. We just bought a house in Corvallis. I have four kids, one of whom has a rare, blood disorder and requires regular trips to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for treatment. Now we will be without health insurance.”

    I hope the professor looks into the chemistry opportunity at Hillsdale.

  60. kramer says:
    Yeah but McCarthy was right, there were communists in our government>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    What do you mean “were”….

  61. As I’ve pointed out a couple of times here in the past, this sort of thing is old news for us fighting the smoking ban folks. Prof. James Enstrom was fired from his 30 year post at U of California because his views “conflicted with the mission” of the University. The excuse they used was some recent work he’d done on diesel emissions, but the great bulk of the thrust came from the research he’d done a number of years earlier that used a huge database to blow the ETS myth out of the water. See:

    http://www.forces-nl.org/download/CPhillips.pdf

    Your comparison with Lysenko is the same one that both he and I have made repeatedly over the years: See his article in Epi Perspectives:

    http://www.epi-perspectives.com/content/pdf/1742-5573-4-11.pdf

    As those of us in the Free Choice fight have learned, it’s very VERY difficult to fight the establishment when beliefs are so solidly entrenched and the advocates hold all the power. One place to look however is to ranks of retired academicians and researchers. They no longer have Lysenko’s noose around their necks. As Professor Phillipe Even of France’s “Necker Institute” said when he spoke out about the secondhand smoke fraud and was asked why he hadn’t done so earlier: “I’m retired now.”

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” and who has been in the enviable position of not HAVING a job to be fired from for his hertetical views! LOL!

  62. My third daughter attends UO, my disenchantment with their liberals teaching was tempered when her sister expressed interest in OSU. I will do what it takes to see that doesn’t happen now. A few hundred of us at $94,000 a pop may get their attention. (and I will let them know)
    BTW thats 2012 dollars so it would be well over 100K in a few years.

    We need to protect people like Dr. Drapela, is there a fund we can donate to?

  63. ‘OSU is a wonderful campus. In fact, Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach for the Beavers at OSU.’

    Like a B horror-flick. Run screaming for the hills…..!

  64. kramer said:
    June 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Jaewonnie said:
    June 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Green is the new McCarthy…

    Yeah but McCarthy was right, there were communists in our government.
    ————————————————-
    I agree with davidmhoffer:

    What do you mean WERE!

  65. we are really faced with a Leviathan. This is somewhat OT, but I’m struck at the force that the Greens have…even as there seems to be more doubt among the citizens.

    Bank of America is pledging 50B dollars to climate change.

    “The bank’s new initiative includes lending, equipment finance, capital markets and advisory activity and carbon finance, as well as advice and investment help.

    Bank of America will focus on promoting energy efficiency; renewable energy, including wind, solar and hydropower; lower-carbon transportation like electric and hybrid vehicles; and water and waste treatment and disposal initiatives.”

    http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bank-of-america-pledges-50-billion-to-combat-climate-change-20120611-00784

  66. I thought the main reason for going to university was to discuss.

    What’s to discuss if everybody has exactly the same ideas on everything?

    Boring……………………….

  67. Mike says:”The problem is obvious, Corvallis is in the heart of a very green green valley. The sun goes away every October not to return until the following May. In the inbetween times they suffer through intense guilt for having logged every decent hemlock and fir from Coos Bay to Hebo and a gray pergutory of cloud mass gathers and drizzles insessently, mother nature shedding her tears as only she can, until the institutional inmates go a bit clock work orange so to speak.”

    Funny, I was in that valley a month ago. I was logging fir. Last year I was there as well. I planted 4400 trees. Mostly fir. Lots of timber left and it was being well managed until the spotted owl fiasco. Now unfortunately those beautiful trees will rot and probably burn. Oh, and the week that I was logging the weather was sunny all week…I guess mother nature likes me and was smiling down on me for ensuring that I didn’t waste her resources by letting them burn.

    Go Ducks!

  68. don’t we wish everyone had the integrity of Nickolas Drapela?
    Eric – I lived in a former logging town on vancouver island. it’s all but a ghost town, now.
    every man jack of them wished the mill would return so they could get employment.
    nobody feels guilt, eric. they feel poverty.
    but there’s welfare- you probably call it ‘entitlement’…
    i guess that can go on as long as there are natural resources to sell, though.
    mining and agriculture don’t require value added. they can be run on slave labor, in fact.

  69. This is why Oregonians need to vote for Art Robinson. Get a toehold in politics and start throwing the weasels out one by one. I have already donated to Art Robinson’s campaign. I hope everyone else does too. At least with some political power those currently abusing their positions can be held to account.

    http://www.artforcongress.com/

  70. Oregon is becoming dysfunctional at a level few people understand. Its sad, I was born here, raised here, left and return. Sadly I expect to move on again. The state revolves around downtown Portland.

    They have free light rail, but the state needs to increase gas taxes on those that drive, to pay for the bike paths being embraced everywhere in Portland. However, there isn’t any funds left to spend on special projects and designs are being rejected. Meanwhile roads in use are being neglected because all of the funds are diverted for special projects.

    The State of Portland designed a new bridge, spending $140 million on pre design and engineering, only to be told their plan is too low for the US Coast Guard, which will veto its design. 7 years and $140 million spent and the design wont allow the USCG to drive a known and specific dredge up river. They want the ship modified now.

    They still wont admit their mistake, trying to get up river private construction companies to assemble below the bridge at unknown future yards, because the bridge would stop up river existing manufacturing jobs.

    Oregon is current looking at requiring people to install computer boxes for their smart phone communicate with, to tax each car by the mile. Because E cars are getting free roads, and they cant tax E cars at the DMV level as that would appear to abuse the E cars. So ALL cars must install GPS type boxes. This is not a joke. The State of Portland is amazing.

  71. gnomish,
    I don’t follow your post completely did you notice that I was responding to Mike? I wasn’t the one that made the “guilt” comment.

  72. surely the reason his contract was not renewed is that he was telling lies to the students as is clear from his slides.
    people are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
    For the last 12 months solar activity has been the lowest ever recorded.
    The last 12 months have also been the warmest in the historical record in the lower 48.
    That refutes the correlation between solar activity and temperature as would have been obvious IF he had updated his slides to include the last few decades of factual information.

    Do people really want university instructors that tell their students wrong information ?

  73. Just some guy says:
    June 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm
    I just called David Appel an ass, justifiably…
    >>>>>

    I dropped in on that odious blog to see if your comment had made it through (it did! itz the only comment!) but reading Appell’s article is…surreal. He tries to paint Drapela’s comments about Hansen as over the top by calling them…. “cloying”. What are these “cloying” comments that are so egregious that Appell deems them grounds for dismissal? Well here they are, quoted from Appell’s blog and attributed to Drapela:

    ********************
    My dear colleague Professor Hansen, I believe, has finally gone off the deep end.
    The “consensus” card. I feel sorry for this human being….
    Errant, capricious statements. 99% certainty on global warming? This sounds truly more like a senile senior citizen that a lucid scientist….
    Ultimatums. Act now or you die. Right now. This very instant. Don’t think. You have 5 seconds to decide. I ask you, is this science or high-pressure salesmanship? But I cannot go on….
    The fact that the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute apparently has the inability to use reason unsettles me. I’m worried about Professor Hansen….
    ********************

    That’s “cloying”? So “cloying” that it justifies dismissal? If so, there’s enough cloying comments attributed to Hansen to land him in jail. Of course it is only “cloying” when you are critical of warmists, perfectly fine if you actually threaten violence (Greenpeace “we know where you live”, the 350.org splatter vids, calls for jailing of business execs by Hansen, Suzuki and others).

    Oh wait, those were actual direct threats. Not nearly so egregious as comments that are “cloying”.

  74. Jim Salinger was fired from NIWA allegedly for his outspoken views supporting AGW. Ain’t it weird how having views at either end of this debate are considered unacceptable by some organisations. Jim’s case is really weird because I understand NIWA still still shows on their website the manipulated temperature data resulting from Jim’s original work.

  75. Delighted, but not surprised, to see from the slideshow that Dr Drapela is a chemist. Chemistry is necessarily an intensely practical, experimentally based subject. And it is the lack of any experimental proof of anything to do with global warming that is an important plank in making me – a one-time chemist – a sceptic. If you start from the proposition

    ‘Show me the experiment that demonstrates ‘The Science is Settled’ as I did, it only takes a few days to come to the conclusion that there is no such crucial experiment. Indeed there is very little reliable observational stuff at all. Just a lot of handwaving and modelling and treemometer worship interspersed with a good dollop of wishful thinking and dodgy statistics.

    So Dr. Drapela is right to view ‘Global Warming’ as primarily a sociopolitical argument. Its connections with mainstream science are tenuous at best and minimal at worst.

    But just one question…I see that he cites IBM among the corporates who benefit from the green gravy train. This is news to me. Can anybody give further details? Thanks.

  76. izen:
    The slides were dated 2008, and he is a liar because of 2012 data? Also, he is not the first or last person to correlate solar activity to the recent rise in temps. They are all liars too? What is the difference between being wrong and lying?

    Also, how many college students have been shown “An Inconvenient Truth”? Talk about teaching wrong information!

  77. jo reeves says:
    June 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    “I am not saying that this is right under any circumstance, but I do believe any company or organization should have the right to terminate anyone for any reason. I believe that telling an individual or company that you have to hire or can’t fire this person because of race, religion, sexuality, weight, or beliefs is overregulation.”

    So your view is that “any company or organisation should have the right to fire anyone…………”at any time, without given reason or notice…
    because the individual is….oh I don’t know, say black-skinned or Jewish. Is that correct?

    You would have been a happy European in the 1930s!!

    Be careful what you wish for!!

  78. Latimer Alder;
    But just one question…I see that he cites IBM among the corporates who benefit from the green gravy train. This is news to me. Can anybody give further details? >>>>>

    I’ll won’t comment on the specifics regarding IBM, but I can certainly shed some light on the issue in general. Corporate data centres consume enormous amounts of energy just to run the servers and storage arrays. If the cooling systems fail, there is so much heat generated that the computers and storage arrays will actually melt.

    Power companies often offer incentives to reduce power consumption to reduce load on their grid if it is approaching capacity, or for political reasons, or because it is good business (the rates many utilities are forced into for their domestic market are far lower than the rates they can get on the open market, so they actually make more money by paying their domestic customers to use less power).

    Many vendors and consultants in the IT sector figured out how to show their customers a positive ROI by upgrading to newer more power efficient equipment. Many of these upgrades would not have been economical without the incentives from the power companies. Lots of consultants made lots of money building the business cases and lots of vendors made lots of money selling hardware upgrades that would not have happened otherwise.

  79. I would not have waited two weeks if I was dismissed without reason.

    First thing : get legal advise . Send a registered letter to said employer demanding a clear statement of the reason for dismissal. Then take necessary legal steps to claim damages for unfair dismissal.

    Dr. Drapela’s:
    “I’m not sure how I will support my family at this point. We just bought a house in Corvallis. I have four kids, one of whom has a rare, blood disorder and requires regular trips to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for treatment. Now we will be without health insurance.”

    Ain’t the free market great? I suppose the usual anti-Obama ranters here will be piling in with comments like “get a job lamer, what do you expect a free ride, this is America”.

  80. davidmhoffer,

    If the cooling systems fail, there is so much heat generated that the computers and storage arrays will actually melt.

    Only melt the fuses.

    Lots of supercomputers are sold to enhance the experience of climate models.
    It doesn’t improve the models but spending increasing amounts of grant money on “research” tends to ensure more grant in future.

    GIGO => Grants In, Garbage Out.

  81. Funny ain’t it no debating, talking about or discussing. Just straight out the door.

    America land of the free (Don’t worry over here in the UK we haven’t been our own masters since Maastricht).

  82. Drapela writes:
    “I should say that they regularly read all my email communications, which is why I am writing from this private email address. That has been going on for quite some time now.”

    and later on
    “I find that the people who want to keep things secret all the time are usually the people that have something to hide. ”

    Seems Drapela has something to hide…

    I understand that’s not how the US system works, but I do think Drapela ought to have a right to an explanation for why he is fired, just as Charles Monnett should have been given a justification for his suspension.

  83. @davidmhoffer

    Thanks for the input. A wee while back when I worked full time in IT I was one of those vendor/consultants building such business cases and I seem to remember that ‘blade computing’ = ‘lots of cards in a box sharing common services’, was the latest way to cut down those utility bills. Maybe its moved on from there. And btw it is the power consumption of the cooling systems that is the big swinger, not so much the raw power needed to run the servers. You not only have to pump the heat in, you also have to dump it out at the back end.

    As a sideline, way back when IBM had the same problem with mainframes in the 1980s, and the 308x/309x line had inbuilt water cooling rather than air. Worked well, if a bit cumbersome.
    There isn’t much new under the sun in computing…it just comes around again with a new name and the young turks think it is the latest newest thing….

    But I was specifically interested in IBM’s specific involvement in the green gravy train, not just the general industry trend to reduced environmentals. I know that Crispin Tickell, (arch-greenie) was on their board some time back. Do we know of any other highlights?

  84. Latimer Alder;
    But I was specifically interested in IBM’s specific involvement in the green gravy train, not just the general industry trend to reduced environmentals. I know that Crispin Tickell, (arch-greenie) was on their board some time back. Do we know of any other highlights?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    IBM would have been better positioned than most to take advantage of power reduction programs because there are both a major consulting organization and a vendor of equiement, so they got to profit from both sides of the process, but they were a long ways from being the only ones. After the move ti blade centres (which you mention came the move to virtual servers (logical servers, several on each blade) which furether reduced power consumption.

    The other place where IBM and others pulled dough out of the green programs was for large compute clusters to support researchers. IBM is a major player in the market for High Performance Computing which might see thousands or tens of thousands of cpu’s in a single implementation. The market to builf out these super compute environments is in the billions, and many of them are at climate research centres like CRU and GISS.

  85. Mike says:
    June 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm
    But the salmon and dungeness are good around there.
    [Moderator's Note: This one isn't that other Mike either. -REP]

    Geez, some days it seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry around here is named Mike…

  86. Another sad example demonstrating CAGW is a cult belief and has little to do with real science. Cult believers are always utterly intolerant of dissenting opinions. Believers do not feel they have to be held responsible for their actions, as they are the pure in heart, the purveyors of the great truth etc. etc.

    I think the concept of communists is totally wrong, these are just academic cultists demonstrating their intolerance towards reason and rationality.

  87. Gordon Fulks wrote:

    Can it be that a university whose motto is “Open minds. Open doors” cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma?

    The answer, as George discovered to his cost, is obviously “yes!” However the motto is not inappropriate if you interpret it in the politically correct way:

    If you open people’s minds to the wrong ideas we will open our doors and boot you out!

  88. Who is contacting the US media to highlight this story?

    Is there a single sceptic who is not some right wing republican who is able to distil this story into something that can easily be slotted into a newspaper and then send out the same to as many papers and media outlets as possible?

    And if I hear one more person moaning “the media doesn’t listen to us” …. if you don’t speak to them how can you accuse them of not listening?

  89. @- Eric says:
    “The slides were dated 2008, and he is a liar because of 2012 data? Also, he is not the first or last person to correlate solar activity to the recent rise in temps. They are all liars too? What is the difference between being wrong and lying?”

    No, he is a liar because his slides do not show the last couple of decades of solar activity and its LACK of correlation with temperatures. Even more of a deception if the slides were made in 2008 when such data were available.

    The difference between wrong and lying is that if the correct information is not available to you, you may be wrong.
    If the correct information, refuting the solar/cosmic ray hypothesis, has been available, and obvious, for the last couple of decades then failing to acknowledge this is lying.

  90. I’m afraid that IMHO this article smacks of special pleading, putting a CAGW spin on non-renewal of a term contract without tenure. In the land of the free and home of the brave it is surely to be expected that (as Jo Reeves says) “I do believe any company or organization should have the right to terminate anyone for any reason. I believe that telling an individual or company that you have to hire or can’t fire this person because of race, religion, sexuality, weight or beliefs is overregulation.”

    Here in the UK we have gone in totally the opposite direction since the 1970’s, with the Employment Protection Act 1975 (giving the “right not to be unfairly dismissed”, to substantial damages if the dismissal is unfair and to be told the reason for any dismissal), the Redundancy Payments Act (the right to payment if laid off or the employer’s business fails); the right to minimum wages – and of course universal health care and welfare benefits. The result is that employers are much less ready to hire because it is much more difficult and costly to fire. Of course this only applies in the private sector – in the public sector nobody ever gets fired, however badly they perform.

  91. Latimer–IBM’s major business initiative is called Smarter Planet–to make the earth a system of systems. There are lots of videos of all the cities globally working with them to produce Smarter Cities.
    In addition there idea of Global Innovation from conferences they have been hosting is political and regulatory.

  92. Get a lawyer and sue them! As an employer in the UK, if I fire an employee without due cause or explanation I would expect to be receiving communication from the employees legal representives.

  93. I’m surprised at the surprise some express. I would consider this “normal operating procedure” in an academic setting. Schools are notorious for this kind of thing.

    Not I said “normal” and not “proper,” very much not the same thing.

    It’s true that there’s a grant gravy train involved, but it’s also a very ideologically-driven “culture” in academia. I’d almost prefer they be corrupt for the sake of money and not ideology – at least they’d be predictable.

  94. @theduke

    > So what?

    From Wikipedia:

    > Friis-Christensen agreed that any correlation between sunspots and global warming that he may have identified in the 1991 study has since broken down. There is, he said, a clear “divergence” between the sunspots and global temperatures after 1986, which shows that the present warming period cannot be explained by solar activity alone.

  95. To the idea that this is somehow a violation of accreditation, the accreditors like AdvancED which owns most of the regional accreditors now outside of New England are the ultimate enforcer now for a political vision of education. Instead of learning a body of knowledge, higher ed is about developing a mindset of civic engagement. There is literally paperwork on moving beyond the rational mind of the Enlightenment towards an integral/perspectivist mind where there is no distinction between reason and emotion.

    http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/is-accreditation-the-enforcer-for-unescos-vision-of-solidarity/

    was a post I wrote to start a conversation about what the accreditors are pushing both higher ed and K-12 all over the world.
    There was a very alarming report on higher ed’s new direction on making the credential about desired behaviors and attitudes released with fanfare at the White House in January.

    http://www.aacu.org/civic_learning/crucible/documents/Crucible_FINAL_web.pdf

    If you read closely you will see the request for the accreditors to be the enforcer for this vision. That’s why I call them the ultimate sovereigns in education. There is a belief that there are no constraints on what they can now mandate.

    I happen to think the US Constitution is in their way because they are being so overt in what is being targeted. That won’t help this professor but a better understanding of how education has been thoroughly weaponized is necessary if we are to find our way out of this taxpayer funded trap.

    Climate change and AGW and biodiversity are all just tools for manipulation.

  96. This victimization of a courageous scientist is an outrage. Surely we can raise the issue as part of a campaign and contribute to his costs of fighting this attempt to crush scientific honesty? By the way Appell has given us ammunition to fire back in terms of the issue. Out of the mouths of babes and asses.

  97. Green Trekking, across OS Universe(ity),
    On the Oregon gravy-train under Captain Kirzh(aber)
    Green Trekking, across OS Universe(ity),
    Only getting warmer ‘cos we cannot feel the cold.

    We come in Peace – Shoot to Kill, Shoot to Kill,
    We come in Peace – Shoot to Kill, Shoot to Kill, professors.

    With apologies to Rory Kehoe

    .

  98. Well. Since Peter Gleick got *his* job back, I suppose there is some world order seesaw balance at work here….? /sarc off/ ….Lady in Red

  99. Interesting that the folks who claim most to believe in academic freedom and sing the diversity song, probably do not. The story begs a few questions:
    Dr. Drapela was obviously not tenured faculty. Did his contract state he was an “at will” employee. Oregon is an at-will state, so they really don’t need a reason to terminate him.
    He is “without insurance”. No COBRA?
    Has he discussed his employment situation with an attorney. If he believes he has cause to contest the termination, he should consult one.
    OSU seems to be a place that attracts petty little tyrants. Academia has been drifting that way for a long time. One of the reasons I left almost 40 years ago. Dr. Drapela will be better off in the long run way from those idiots.

  100. Dreadful story but a sign of the times and the power of money regardless of the method of getting it. Sounds like Joe Stalin is still around.
    I assume that the US Constitution is still in force then what this gentleman said is his own affair and will fall within the ‘free speech’ bit in the Constitution.
    Whilst litigation is costly in this case go for it plus a major claim for damages.

  101. Latimer Alder says: June 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    But just one question…I see that he cites IBM among the corporates who benefit from the green gravy train. This is news to me. Can anybody give further details? Thanks.

    — — —

    “These collaborations and the strategy are paying off for IBM. In 2010, IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative generated US$3 billion in revenue and double-digit growth from more than 6000 client engagements.”

    http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/smarterplanet/

    Also: The biggest data server farms are operated by Google, FaceBook, Microsoft and similar media server and social networking organizations. The room full of servers in an organization in the 1990’s can virtualy use one small server to handle just as much computing today. A lot of organizations are off loading their computing resources to companies that run virtual computers and handle all of the IT infrastructure. For an example, see Microsofts Cloud Computing services:

    http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/viewpoints/cloud-services/default.aspx#fbid=Qz5faN0Nbys

  102. “reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria.”

    Not accurate. The $90 million is the deliverable. Nothing else matters. If the $90 million was paying “scholars” to stand on their heads and recite the alphabet, it would be no better or worse. It would still be $90 million.

  103. Can’t he sue for unfair dismissal .. at least they would have to provide a reason.

  104. I fear this fellow got fired by people who fear the end of the gravy train, and are therefore desperate to keep the so-called “consensus” alive. They are rats, but rats are most dangerous when they are cornered.

  105. Latimer Alder says:
    June 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

    ‘blade computing’ = ‘lots of cards in a box sharing common services’, was the latest way to cut down those utility bills

    Virtualization is the latest thing: one physical server running multiple virtual machines.

  106. If Drapela believes he was fired on the basis of viewpoint discrimination, he should immediatley contact FIRE (Foundation fo Individual Rights in Education). They have handled similar cases in the past and have an excellent, non-partisan track record. thefire.org

  107. TimC,

    Please cite the ‘bad performance’ you alluded to. Is there any evidence at all that Dr Drapela was fired for substandard job performance?

    If you cannot provide evidence, then why do you think Dr Drapela was summarily fired? There must be a reason, no? Please tell us the reason, if you think it was anything other than political correctness. Because as someone whose taxes go to support that institution, I expect that different points of view should not be arbitrarily silenced because some petty tyrant disagrees.

    WUWT has acheived its immense popularity precisely because of its very light moderation, while blogs like RealClimate have very low traffic due to their censorship of opposing ideas. Diversity of ideas is intrinsically desirable, even though there is always a subset of closed-mined, insecure people who would censor all dissenting views.

    America has a long history of supporting different points of view – something the Communist element in our midst cannot tolerate. Because with open discourse, communism is seen as the refuge of totalitarian scoundrels who cannot win the debate using reason. Please explain why that kind of totalitarian censorship should be A-OK in a free society.

  108. Relevant information can be found in the OSU faculty handbook: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/faculty-handbook-academic-freedom-and-faculty-appointments.

    As a Senior Instructor Dr. Drapela is not likely to have tenure nor be protected by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). His contract probably was fixed-term (per semester or annually renewed). There is very little security with this status. A firing without so much as a reason given seems to contradict the lofty words about academic freedom, but there doesn’t seem much that he can do about it.

    FWIW, these cases are not all that rare. Anyone in academia for a while has seen it happen. His students may like him because he’s friendly and a lenient grader. The administration may find things about his official performance unsatisfactory. Claiming persecution is a standard ploy of the aggrieved. Yet even the paranoid may have actual adversaries. Frankly, we don’t have enough information yet to judge his claims.

  109. I had no idea that in the U.S. one can be fired with no reason given and no severance (UK: redundancy) pay. In the UK you have a little thing called a contract of employment between you the employee and the employer that is signed by the employee when accepting the job. It usually includes an agreement by the employer to provide a period of notice (usually one month) and severance pay in the event that your services become redundant (often it’s one month’s salary for every year you have been employed there). Equally there is usually an agreement by the employee built into the contract to provide one month’s notice to the employer prior to leaving that employment. Do U.S. employment contracts usually not contain such clauses?

  110. Gary,

    There is always a reason. What was the reason, and why are they so reluctant to admit it?

  111. Myrrh says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Don’t you have unfair dismissal law in America?
    ________________________________________
    Unfortunately no. BTDT. If you are an hourly employee you have some legal protection. If you are a salaried employee you have an “at will” contract and can be fired at any time. This is true even in a far left state such as MA at least it was in the 1980’s Depending on the company they might even keep you from collecting Unemployment if they can justify the firing was for “Cause” to the state officials. (Had that fight too. Being honest is a firing offense)

  112. crosspatch says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Maybe Hillsdale College in Michigan needs a Chemistry professor? They do have a chemistry program and they take exactly $0 per year in government money so they can remain independent.
    _____________________________________
    Crosspatch, I was thinking the same thing.

    To bad we are heading into a “country divided” situation with two classes and a chasm between. Just what the Regulating Class loves. Bickering among ourselves while they make away with the cheese, our wallets and our freedom.

  113. Administratively defensible lens:
    Contracts end.

    At the human level:
    Libraries could be filled with spine-chilling non-re-appointment stories.

    Technical details of rules of re-appointment vary by institution, but my guess is the most that would come out of a grievance (in most contexts) is some kind of benefit worth at most a few thousand dollars. A lot of time & energy could be drained in extraction. Not necessarily practical.

    The best way to help the innocent children caught up in the chill of cold adult games:
    Someone local give one or both of the parents reliable, secure work doing something at which they can be reasonably competent & comfortable.

    Best Regards to All.

  114. “pa32r says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm Sorry, no sale. In this litigious day and age no one with the slightest level of sophistication fires someone with no cause and with out making that cause known to the person fired (as an employer of 350 people, I know from painful personal experience). It’s a great way to rally the troops but I’m calling BS here.”

    You’re simply wrong, at least in an “at will” state in the US. Indeed, the very litigiousness you refer to is an incentive for the employer to provide NO REASON for the firing, as is explicitly permitted under the law (for certain in Massachusetts, but presumably in other at-will employment states, as well). Any reason the employer provides for termination may be subject to legal attack, but how do you attack NO REASON? Because of this, many employers choose that option to avoid possible employment litigation (indeed, they’d be fools not to).

    Had Dr. Drapela been in a “protected class”, such as being female or a minority member, he would have had powerful recourse. I presume he is merely a male caucasian, and for that sin he is left defenseless.

  115. From a legal perspective, it’s better to fire somebody for no reason than a bad reason.

    This does not necessarily mean there is no grounds in terminating somebody, it just means that it’s harder to bring a lawsuit when no reason is given. But if a reason is given for terminating someone, then a good lawyer can try to pick apart that reason in court.

    I am not saying OSU had good cause, or any cause for terminating Dr. Fulks. Most likely they did not. I’m merely commenting on the sad state of our overly-litigious society.

  116. @- Smokey says:
    “There must be a reason, no? Please tell us the reason, if you think it was anything other than political correctness. Because as someone whose taxes go to support that institution, I expect that different points of view should not be arbitrarily silenced because some petty tyrant disagrees.”

    It is only possible to speculate, but while I agree that different points of view should not be arbitrarily silenced, false information presented to students as factually accurate might be a reason for non-renewal of his contract.
    The final slides of his presentation contain false information.

  117. OSU is behaving exactly as you would expect a cornered rat to behave. And have no doubt, Anthony , Steve and the others have them cornered.

  118. Just send messages to Senator Inahofe and Congressman Issa with links to this story. Might help if others did the same (especially if you’re in Oklahoma or California).

  119. Jim Watson says:
    June 12, 2012 at 7:38 am
    The ’60s Liberals have become everyhing they originally fought against.

    They were fighting against the contemporary power elite. Once they gained power for themselves, all they did was drop the false flag and hoist their true colors.

  120. izen says:
    June 12, 2012 at 7:22 am
    The final slides of his presentation contain false information.

    The final slides (75ff) of his presentation consist of

    •75. Summary/Conclusion: Global Warming doctrine is a powerful force in our world today, affecting every aspect of society. Techniques such as fear, bigotry, stifling opposition, and appealing to authority are being used to advance this doctrine. Because of its inextricable ties to oil, Global Warming doctrine is a tool for absolute control of the world by one body resulting in the loss of our freedoms
    •76. Thank You
    •77. Part Four: Epilogue So if not CO 2 , then what?
    •78. Solar Activity Theory: Scientists have proposed the following: Sunspots go through cycles of activity and inactivity. Higher frequency (shorter) sunspot cycles create stronger solar energy output. This deflects cosmic rays and reduces cloud formation. This increases earth temperatures
    •79. Solar Activity Correlation [through 1985]
    •80. Why don’t we hear about this? The sun cannot be controlled It cannot be used to manipulate for power and money.

    So, where’s the false information, izen?

  121. David, UK says:
    June 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I had no idea that in the U.S. one can be fired with no reason given and no severance (UK: redundancy) pay. In the UK you have a little thing called a contract of employment between you the employee and the employer that is signed by the employee when accepting the job. It usually includes an agreement by the employer to provide a period of notice (usually one month) and severance pay in the event that your services become redundant (often it’s one month’s salary for every year you have been employed there). Equally there is usually an agreement by the employee built into the contract to provide one month’s notice to the employer prior to leaving that employment. Do U.S. employment contracts usually not contain such clauses?

    It depends on what professional level you are talking about. I live in an “at will” state and for the average employee who signs an at will employment agreement, it is much easier to fire an employee. You can be called in to the personal office told you no longer work there and are escorted to your desk to pickup your things then to the door. This is in fact quite common in the IT industry due to the security implications of a worker who has been given notice.

    As a matter of “good practice” employees are expected to give two weeks notice that they are leaving. In that case the employee is still immediately terminated but typically continues to receive pay for the remaining 2 weeks as though he was still working. The employee has 2 weeks paid time with no obligations to the company to look for a new job and the company does not have to worry about a disgruntled employee on the premises who still has access to confidential information and log in access to computers etc. I have seen this play out multiple times in the IT industry, a co worker violated some security guidelines and was literally walked to the door after being told he no longer worked there. In another case a department head gave notice that he had accepted another job, and was immediately terminated but payed for the period of his notice.

    In blue collar jobs such as auto mechanic etc. they may or may not get the 2 weeks of paid time. Only at the higher professional level employment such as senior managers where specific employment terms might be custom negotiated to recruit the employee are you like to find a severance contract terms as generous as you say are common in the UK.

    It is only in environments like government employment where it becomes extremely difficult to fire a worker. In those environments (as a protection against law suits) the managers first build a long history of the employees poor performance before firing. That is one of the reasons that in such environments employee personal evaluations are very important and are often used to “create” a history of poor performance by management suddenly giving poor reviews and finding fault with performance.

    Here in America typical, employees realize that they are providing a “service” to the employer and just like any service employee can be dropped at any time. Likewise good employers realize that good employees are hard to find and try to be fair with their workers. For example a friend of mine just got advised of a reduction in force at his place of employment and told he and a large number of his co-workers would be out of work at the end of the month. To my knowledge he will get no other severance than that months paid time (although he will still be expected to do his work and close out the tasks he is responsible for in that time. His wife a few years ago got laid off from a similar white collar job and was simply let go, no notice no severance just a final pay check and a cardboard box to carry her stuff to the car.

    Perhaps this is one of the reasons American workers consistently are the most productive labor force, as those of us with real (non-bureaucratic jobs), actually spend the day producing something of value.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500395_162-3228735.html

  122. boston12gs says:
    June 12, 2012 at 7:14 am
    “pa32r says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm Sorry, no sale. In this litigious day and age no one with the slightest level of sophistication fires someone with no cause and with out making that cause known to the person fired (as an employer of 350 people, I know from painful personal experience). It’s a great way to rally the troops but I’m calling BS here.”
    You’re simply wrong, at least in an “at will” state in the US.

    Every corporation I’ve ever worked a contract for has an “at will” stipulation — it’s both a way to keep people from going rogue in a potentially chaotic environment overseas and a means to keep them toeing the corporate line when stepping over the line could result in a charge of contract non-performance from the government. There’s no compelling reason to have an “at will” in an academic environment, because it’s a tool to prevent workplace turbulence under austere conditions.

  123. izen.
    Whatever way this plays out I have learned one thing.
    You are a truly nasty piece of work.

  124. I agree with Izen. Any scientist who misrepresents or withholds data, particularly contrary data, is a liar and ought to be terminated.

    Paging Phil Jones, Keith Briffa, Michael Mann, Kevin Trenberth…. please report to HR.

  125. @- Bill Tuttle
    “So, where’s the false information, izen?”

    Slides 78 and 79
    The correlation between temperature and solar activity failed several decades ago.
    [SNIP: Izen, for language like this, real names are required. If you are unwilling to stand behind your words, then don't bother posting them. -REP]

  126. Izen @ “It is only possible to speculate, but while I agree that different points of view should not be arbitrarily silenced, false information presented to students as factually accurate might be a reason for non-renewal of his contract.
    The final slides of his presentation contain false information.”
    Izen in Australia we have a name for a person like you. No doubt the mods wont permit its use here. The man is now unemployed, has four children to support and you heap a slander on an outrage. Crawl back to from where you came.

  127. Smokey says:
    June 12, 2012 at 6:25 am
    Gary,

    There is always a reason. What was the reason, and why are they so reluctant to admit it?

    Annual renewable contracts such as the one described here are subject to non-renewal for various reasons: changes in the course structure, sometimes visiting faculty to be accommodated, change in course enrollment numbers etc. I’ve seen all of these and more, it’s a precarious existence. Someone above said that his classes had lower pass rates which would certainly be a reason.

  128. I presume the professor was untenured? Unfortunately, this happens all the time.

    I’ve been terminated in the past (unfairly, IMO) but I still respect the right for an employer to hire whom they please and fire whom they please. Contrary to the opinion one person has expressed here, we do have a social safety net in this country and most people, even small government advocates like myself, do support maintaining a social safety net.

    Dr. Drapela is eligible for COBRA for health care coverage. This has nothing to do with ObamaCare and has been in place for decades. Their is also SCHIP for helping with his children’s healthcare, and again, this has nothing to do with ObamaCare.

    If only Obama’s supporters had any clue about things before they opened their mouths, we’d be hearing a lot less from them.

  129. @Bill Tuttle
    “So, where’s the false information, izen?”

    79 – the unattributed graph from Friis-Christensen & Lassen 1991. It contains a known (and subsequently corrected) mathematical error that “hides the decline” towards the end of the graph. It is superceded by later work by Lassen and others, and there is no excuse for not acknowledging the truly massive divergence an up-to-date plot shows.

  130. Take the University to Court and make them reveal why he was fired. Peel back that rancid onion one layer at a time. Force the University to re-instate him with back pay and legal fees.

  131. While in grad school I communicated with George Taylor and received data for a project. He was very gracious and made an impression that is still favorable today. I also met Dr Lubchenko when she gave a presentation to our department. My impression was she seemed highly compentent. However I can’t say that I still hold much of a good impression of the Dr since she ‘s become a bureaucrat. I realize that is most likely unfair, as I am not in her shoes.

  132. If one more of you say ” it is so sad” I will puke. Is that all it is, just sad? Search your vast vocabulary o all you mild mannered chickens.

  133. Lou S says:
    June 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    File an action under the FIRST AMENDMENT.

    Please bear in mind that the Bill of Rights is a compact between the citizens and the Federal Government, not citizens and their respective employers. He might look to his state constitution for relief, but unless his activities are protected by statute under some civil rights legislation, he can’t look to the U.S. Constitution for cover.

    Just remember, bad laws are not necessarily unconstitutional, and constitutional laws are not necessarily good.

  134. Smokey says: There is always a reason. What was the reason, and why are they so reluctant to admit it?

    Speculation isn’t evidence. (Do I sound like Mosher, or what?) Looks suspicious, yes, but who knows at this point? Reserve final judgement until all the facts are known.

  135. izen says:
    June 12, 2012 at 9:14 am
    @- Bill Tuttle
    “So, where’s the false information, izen?”
    Slides 78 and 79
    The correlation between temperature and solar activity failed several decades ago.

    [SNIP: Sorry, Bill, but this was snipped from Izen's comment rather belatedly. If he wants to make this assertion it will have to be under his true name and not a screen name. -REP]

    If you run into Dr. Svalgaard at a cocktail party, stick with discussing the soccer scores.

    Slide 78 plainly states that the slides following are *theory*, and are presented as examples of that theory.

    By stating that those slides present false information, you are affirming that the 77 slides preceding them are true — so am I to understand you have now come over to the Skeptical Side?

  136. “Speculation isn’t evidence.”… “Reserve final judgement until all the facts are known.”

    So you want us to wait for OSU to say “Yup, we fired him because of his views on CAGW.”?

    Don’t hold your breath….

  137. @- Jud says:
    “Whatever way this plays out I have learned one thing.
    You are a truly nasty piece of work.”

    [SNIP: If you want to use language like this, comment under your real name. -REP]. One would hope that his students have the personal initiative to not take his claims as authoritative, and with the ~2 mins of study needed found out the inaccuracy of his scientific claims.

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/pmod/normalise/mean:22/plot/hadcrut4gl/normalise/mean:12/from:1979

  138. It is easy to believe that at least part of the reason for his dismissal is related to his non-warmist views. The religion has permeated almost all departments, including my alma mater, the College of Forestry. It seems that every piece of research has the obligatory link to CAGW possibilities and, of course, the need for more research. They are not so crude as to say, “Send more money”, but it isn’t hard to translate.

    I am somewhat puzzled by his position as a Senior Instructor. Are we to assume that this is a non-tenured position? Since he was teaching, it doesn’t seem that he was being funded by “soft” money that normally is research oriented. If he was not tenured, did he have longevity protection or was he only assured a year to year reappointment, dependent on funds? Just asking in the interest of full disclosure.

    [REPLY: Check the comments above for the link to the OSU Faculty Handbook. Senior Instructor is a non-tenured, 12 month or 9 month appointment with primarily instructional responsibility rather than research. Rather than being "fired", he was "not reappointed". After ten years of service, it amounts to the same thing. -REP]

  139. [SNIP: Simple, John. Impugning someone's integrity, as you did, requires that you post with your real name. Complaining about moderation policy, as you've just done, also gets snipped. If you have a complaint there is a contact option here. Maybe Anthony will take you seriously. -REP]

  140. Would someone with Dr Nickolas Drapela’s email please inform him of an organization called Fire (www.thefire.org) As stated in their mission statement (reproduced below) they routinely fight for people unjustly terminated in academic settings. They are a great organization protecting free speach. Check out their website for success stories.

    The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

  141. @Smokey: 1. The only ‘bad performance’ referred to in my earlier comment was that of UK public sector workers (of whom I have direct experience); from your self-identification as “someone whose taxes go to support [OSU]” I think it must be unlikely that you have any experience of the public sector here in the UK.

    2. The comment that “Dr Drapela was fired for substandard job performance” are your words, not mine. I referred to “non-renewal of a term contract without tenure”; I think it’s clear from several other comment above that this is not unusual at this level of academia. Assuming it is somehow related to his being a Climate skeptic is speculation, absent confirmation from OSU.

    3. If OSU is obliged by law publicly to state reasons for not re-engaging Dr Drapela for a new term, and does not do so, there would be at least be grounds for complaint or asserting that this was self-censorship. If OSU is not obliged by law to do this it is not censorship to remain silent – thereby allowing Dr Drapela and/or his supporters to make all the running and hopefully improve his prospects of obtaining an appointment elsewhere.

    Doesn’t that make three strikes towards your troll count?

  142. Gail Combs says (June 12, 2012 at 6:40 am): “To bad we are heading into a “country divided” situation with two classes and a chasm between. Just what the Regulating Class loves.”

    Thanks for the reference, Gail. Very good essay there.

  143. universities have a two tiered system of faculty. One has the tenured professors and then one has the lecturers. It’s almost impossible to get rid of a professor with tenure. A lecturer is often hired by the semester. These can be ‘fired’ simply by not rehiring them for the next semester. In some cases, there are even time limits of a few years which limit the number of times a lecturer can be rehired.
    As such, there are no protections of law for lecturers (at least where I’m at), not even those associated with regular employees like the secretaries, grounds keepers, and janitors.
    Anyone still wondering about me using a nom de net instead of my real name need to look no further.

  144. [SNIP: Sorry, Bill, but this was snipped from Izen's comment rather belatedly. If he wants to make this assertion it will have to be under his true name and not a screen name. -REP]

    *whew*

    I saw the snip and wondered if I’d inadvertently left my original comment in, which would definitely have been cause for snippage and a reprimand for language…

    [REPLY: Your restraint, undoubtedly in the face of intolerable provocation, is appreciated. -REP]

  145. America is broke. American state funded universities are broke. U Kentucky medical library has just had 250K knocked off its budget. UVA President has been chopped for failing to find money. Winter, Florida can’t find $4m to stop potential train noise. American public finances are a disaster. Americans may not have heard of a place called Greece, but its coming their way…..

  146. Oregon State University is an Academic disgrace. It appears to have no moral standards at all. It looks more like a clandestine religious organisation bent of hiding the worst of its malefactions.

  147. izen likes the ‘adjusted, adjusted’ data – CRUT4

    take a look at why it was adjusted – HADCRUT3 variance – adjusted global mean 1975 – 2015

    izen doesn’t like it so much.

  148. Payette wrote, “Take the University to Court and make them reveal why he was fired. Peel back that rancid onion one layer at a time. Force the University to re-instate him with back pay and legal fees.”

    This is a good avenue to pursue. Earlier in this thread I told about how the same thing has happened to Prof. James Enstrom due to his research contradicting the Antismokers who rule at U of CA. And the above advice is, I believe, the recourse he followed and he is, at least temporarily, reinstated to his 39 year career there. I’ll send him the link to this blog to see if he might want to stop in and offer some advice from his experiences.

    – MJM

  149. TimC,

    I was referring to your own comment, “…nobody ever gets fired, however badly they perform.” Your implication is that he might have been fired for bad performance, and that is what I was responding to. If that is your belief, produce evidence.

    Phil. says:

    “Annual renewable contracts such as the one described here are subject to non-renewal for various reasons: changes in the course structure, sometimes visiting faculty to be accommodated, change in course enrollment numbers etc. I’ve seen all of these and more, it’s a precarious existence. Someone above said that his classes had lower pass rates which would certainly be a reason.”

    I’ve never accused Phil. of being stupid. But if he really believes that any of those [legitimate] reasons to fire Drapela were the actual basis for his termination, then I may have to reconsider. Because if they were the reason(s), then OSU would have simply stated that. But by keeping the reason for Drapela’s firing a secret, it is obvious to even the most casual observer that the real reason was political vindictiveness for questioning the global warming scare.

    Finally, izen has accused Dr Drapela at least four (4) separate times of “lying”, without inviting Dr Drapela to give his side of the issue. Izen is truly a nasty piece of work, and he fits in perfectly with OSU’s neo-nazi administration.

  150. @ DaveH : “It contains a known (and subsequently corrected) mathematical error that “hides the decline” towards the end of the graph. It is superceded by later work by Lassen and others, and there is no excuse for not acknowledging the truly massive divergence an up-to-date plot shows.”

    Again, this sort of thing has been standard practice for years in antismoking research. Three quick examples:

    (1) When the “Great Helena Heart Miracle” study was presented at a Heart Assn. conference in 2003, the authors claimed a 60% instant drop in heart attacks after a ban, along with a “bounce-back” to normal when the ban was lifted. That 60% drop is STILL being quoted as the official finding by the British National Health Service and others despite the fact that the authors were forced to reduce it to 40% before the Brit. Med. Jrnl. actually published it. And the “bounce-back” has been shown (from the author’s own data) to have happened right in the middle of the ban, NOT after it … but it continues to be universally misrepresented.

    (2) About two years ago the Institute Of Medicine came out with a huge meta-analysis showing a 17% drop in heart attacks after smoking bans. A month later they were forced to publish a short and obscure mathematical correction in the journal of publication (JAMA?). While the text of the “correction” didn’t explain it, the result was basically a lowering of the 17% claim in the banned areas to an 8.0% drop — which was actually a SMALLER drop than the general national trend of 8.2%. The import of that change has never been publicly acknowledged beyond what I guess you’d call “ETS Skeptics.”

    (3) When the massive 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on Secondhand Smoke came out they excluded Professor Enstrom’s study (which would have blown the Report’s conclusion out of the water) on the basis that the research was published “too late” for inclusion. Enstrom’s research was published in 2003. The Report however included OTHER research published in 2004 and 2005 — which years, evidently, must have somehow come before 2003 in the Surgeon General’s Office.

    So as you can see, this sort of treatment of science by an entrenched political view is nothing at all new and has unfortunately been accepted as the norm. Unfortunately, as I’m sure many reading this here will be quite aware when they examine their own perceptions in this “other” area, it’s hard to overcome “the establishment” when its views are so deeply entrenched in the popular mythos.

    – MJM

  151. Izun @ “One would hope that his students have the personal initiative to not take his claims as authoritative, and with the ~2 mins of study needed found out the inaccuracy of his scientific claims.”
    Izun he presented those slides as a theory or hypothesis. But now we know how the wretched
    ” consensus” is enforced and policed. In the restitution of honesty and integrity to climate science that will surely come, institutions that wish to restore intellectual credibility have a model. And cobber lets hope they use it as ruthlessly and piteously as you are advocating against a man who taught science in accord with his conscience.

  152. Wouldn’t it be easier to file a suit for wrongful dismissal as this is without cause? Doesn’t the administration risk being fired when the facts (and emails) come out?

  153. It is akin to the Hollywood stories of scientists making a truthful discovery, then being escorted to a hidden facility or removed from service immediately. We all know it, and we all have watched it – even if only in ‘the movies’. Is anyone truly surprised this would happen with a dedicated individual making epic discoveries and conclusions? Wrongful dismissal? BAH! Depending on the laws in Oregon, that doesn’t mean diddlly squat and will get you no where. The intellect, intuitions, and science for this man is what he will be relying upon for his future. Most likely he is purely dedicated to his work, and will find a place to begin anew… albeit with trepidation and a little disappointment. One can only hope he and his family can work through this ‘situation’, to continue his superb work in opening all of our eyes to the truth the world we are responsible for.

  154. @Smokey: please re-read my original posting. The entire thrust of it was to contrast the differences in US and UK employment practices. The second paragraph opened “Here in the UK” and clearly just dealt with UK law, and practices in the (UK) private and public sectors. It made no specific comment on Dr Drapela or the reason for his not being re-engaged. It just opened “I’m afraid that IMHO [Dr Fulk’s] article smacks of special pleading, putting a CAGW spin on non-renewal of a term contract without tenure” – in a situation where, at present, any link to the CAGW controversy is purely one-sided speculation. (One can of course appreciate the reason for the spin, to portray Dr Drapela as an excellent academic in all respects save only for conceptual differences of view on CAGW theory – good luck to him with that.)

  155. Over ten years ago I worked with a group of engineers trained originally as climate scientists who had lost their grants through pointing out that the NASA sea anomaly plots were showing that heating was starting out localised and spreading not from any overall warming that fitted the AGW theories. This victimisation for non conformity is neither localised nor new.

  156. “[REPLY: Your restraint, undoubtedly in the face of intolerable provocation, is appreciated. -REP]“

    This is perhaps the most impressive moderation note I’ve ever seen.
    Restraint is the most important human quality.

  157. Why has the US so many obese, smoking, health advice denialist, oil-guzzling, gun-toting, climate change skeptic, young Earth creationists??

  158. I went to Oregon State last year, and I have lived in Oregon my whole life. First off, please don’t paint all of Oregon by the actions of one school. There are a handful of massive city centers in Oregon that people look at (Eugene, Portland, etc) and assume that all of Oregon is like that. We’re not.

    Secondly, Oregon’s employment laws state that you don’t have to give a reason for firing. The only way it can be disputed is if you feel that you were fired due to some discriminatory reason, such as racism, sexism, etc. It seems to me that this case could fall into that law, as the university was discriminating based upon his opinions, but I’m no law student. All I know is that I’m disappointed in my alma mater, but I’d like people not from Oregon who are reading this article not to get the wrong image of the rest of the state. Odds are good he will get picked up by University of Oregon or one of the private schools up in Portland, like Lewis and Clark or something.

    Ryan

  159. Wow. Never have I seen so many people jump to conclusions on the basis of absolutely zero evidence.

    The only “evidence” of the reasons for Drapela’s alleged firing is sheer speculation on his and Fulks’ parts. OSU hasn’t commented – and most likely can’t due to employee privacy laws.

    OSU is in the midst of the 3rd straight biennium of budget cuts, the last being 11%. Now, who gets “fired” when the budget gets cut? The Nobel Laurette? the full professor with tenure? No. It is the contract employee like Drapela, hired for a single year at a time with no guarantee of renewal, particularly in these trying economic times.

    How many other contract employees were “fired” this year? Was Drapela the only one?

    People should get some facts before posting diatribes like those here. Again, the only “evidence” of Drapela being let go presented here is his own and Fulk’s SPECULATION – and we’ve never seen an employee make something up when they’ve been let go, have we?

    Get some facts, then judge. Don’t judge and hope the facts back you up.

  160. Liam says:
    June 13, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Why has the US so many obese, smoking, health advice denialist, oil-guzzling, gun-toting, climate change skeptic, young Earth creationists??

    Answer – because we can. It is called the freedom to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of our own choosing and not at the choosing of someone who believes they know better about what is good for us.

  161. [SNIP: Your first comment here and snipped for policy. This thread is not your political soap box. IF you wish to comment, stick to the topic and don't try offending half the people who visit here. -REP]

  162. As a graduate of OSU, I find the firing of an instructor appauling. I thought OSU didn’t play the politicaly correct game. I subsequently wrote the president of the OSU Foundation and informed him that I will be withdrawing my annual contriubutions until they come up with a valid reason why Dr. Drapela was fired. They can’t silence people like this!

  163. I’m a graduate student at OSU and have been here for many years (almost done). There is no doubt that Dr. Drapela has made a serious effort to be a good instructor, and want’s to be well liked by the students. Perhaps he concentrated too much on that instead of maintaining a collegial relationship with the rest of the faculty. To the point: Dr. Drapela is not a researcher, he is an instructor. By projecting his theories of global warming as that of an official researcher at Oregon State, he has abused his affiliation with the high impact research that entire OSU community has striven to attain. This is nothing new, and he has been warned repeatedly; the biggest row nearly 5 years ago when he held an official “forum,” at OSU, without the sanction/knowledge/permission of the OSU faculty. As great of a teacher as he is, I believe that is replaceable. While he might like to paint himself as a martyr for dissenting opinions in the field, the fact remains that he was not hired as a researcher, and his insistence in using his position as a way to lend his theories credibility is to blame. It is always unfortunate when someone get fired from a position that they were good at and loved doing. In this case I believe he only has himself to blame for his dismissal and I believe the OSU community will be better off without an instructor who does not contribute to the field, other than what occurs in his own mind.

    • Would it be appropriate for the University to fire an instructor for being Gay? How about being republican? Or what about being a Catholic? If they didn’t believe in evolution? The point is that the university preaches a dogma of diversity and open minds. This is a direct and opposing force to that.

  164. Fellow Beavers! This is unacceptable. I had Drapela as a teacher for my undergrad and I always considered him one of the best teachers i’ve ever had. WRITE YOUR UNIVERSITY! I have done so, along with many of my fellow alumni. Diversity and tolerance are all or nothing ideas.

  165. I see the comments that defended OSU and that Nick was terminated based his teaching, not his views of global warming have been pulled down. This thread is nothing more that promotion of propaganda rather that the facts of the matter.

    [Reply: See our policy page here. The comments in question, Mr. Black, were not "pulled down", they were never approved because they contained defamatory and possibly libelous allegations which could not be verified. That is a policy violation. Your e-mail address is invalid. Two separate attempts to reach that address bounced back with "no account" messages. That is a policy violation. No further comments from this fake e-mail address will be accepted. You should also know, Mr. Black, that we will be notifying Portland State University that their servers are being used to post defamatory and libelous material on the internet. Have a nice day. -REP]

  166. “Richard Mead says:
    June 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

    As a graduate of OSU, I find the firing of an instructor appauling. I thought OSU didn’t play the politicaly correct game. I subsequently wrote the president of the OSU Foundation and informed him that I will be withdrawing my annual contriubutions until they come up with a valid reason why Dr. Drapela was fired. They can’t silence people like this!”

    Mr. Mead, I hope your comment was done in haste as three typos in such a short missive does not speak well of OSU (of which I am also an Alum). I am normally not a judge of comments based on spelling, but three is too much in such a short posting, especially with auto-spell checking in action.

  167. As a student of OSU and having had Dr. Drapela for a few courses, I can tell you that this article is true to the last degree. He was a great professor and person. OSU is great in many ways, but this is an absolute disgrace, as was the dismissal of Dr. Eggerton a few years back. This administration is utterly corrupt.

  168. This is a surprise? OSU should be investigated and ALL public funding should be halted until the investigation has been completed. At a minimum, this doesn’t pass the smell test for harassment and discrimination.

  169. By the way “give it a rest”, you announcing that you’re a graduate of OSU reflects poorly on the Institution. Go back and read your post. Perhaps you should say you graduated from U of O.

  170. Let me know if there will be protest on campus and at the state Capitol. My children were his students and loved him. I’m plain sick of tax payers dollars going to fund agendas. Students and instructors should be allowed to intelligently speak and examine all sides of issues – that’s what a scientist should do. The university should foster debate, intelligent argument, information about both sides of an issue and foremost, free-speech. This University decision smacks of social control. It’s time to stand up and protest because our freedoms have greatly eroded.

  171. In order to attain a better understanding of past atmospheric temperatures, scientist must study the ocean. The ocean is key to acquiring past atmospheric data. Scientists are able to collect past temperature data through the ocean. The ocean and the atmosphere are tightly linked. Together they form the most dynamic part of the climate system. By studying the ocean, scientists are able to determine past ocean surface temperatures by collecting data on isotope ratios of marine organism remains in sediment at the bottom of the sea (“Environmental Effects of…” para. 3).
    The following graph represents the surface temperatures in the Sargasso Sea, a 2 million square mile region of the Atlantic Ocean, as determined by isotope ratios of marine organism remains in sediment at the bottom of the sea. The horizontal line is the average temperature for this 3,000-year period (“Environmental Effects of…” para. 3).

    As the diagram illustrates, over the past 3,000 years, the earth’s temperature has fluctuated within three degrees centigrade. Also, the highest temperature, as seen on this chart, was near the year 1,000 BC, which was long before humans began producing greenhouse gasses. This high temperature was caused naturally, not by humans burning fossil fuels. The reason scientists have seen a recent increase of the earth’s temperature is because of the ‘little ice age,’ that occurred in the late 1700’s. The earth is recovering from the coldest period it has experienced in 1,500 years.
    A recent NASA study may provide some new information on why the human produced greenhouse gasses are not destroying the planet. During the past ten years, NASA has been collecting atmospheric data from their Terra satellite. Their data shows that when the earth heats up, the atmosphere is able to channel energy and gasses out into space much better than they had previously believed. James M. Taylor from the Heartland Institute states,
    In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth’s atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth’s atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space that the alarmist computer models predict. (Hubbard, para. 5)
    As new research data is collected, there are many scientists who are recanting their claims of global warming. James Lovelock, a leading environmentalist, wrote several books concerning the drastic consequences of global warming. In 2006 Lovelock wrote, “Before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” (Lovelock, para. 7) However in a recent interview in April of 2012, Lovelock stated,
    The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened. The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now.
    The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that. (Johnston, para 8)

    An Inconvenient Truth could be likened to a 21st century version of Chicken Little’s claim that the “Sky is falling!” The experts in Gore’s film announced a hasty verdict on the issue of Global Warming, when they failed to have enough information. As scientists gather more and more data, many specialists are discovering that what they originally said to be ‘human induced global warming,’ is nothing more than the natural process of the earth. Scientist collected data in a one-hundred year time span, which is a relatively brief time considering the age of the earth. The earth’s temperature has naturally fluctuated throughout history, and it will continue to do so in the future.

  172. So Give It A Rest @ “While he might like to paint himself as a martyr for dissenting opinions in the field, the fact remains that he was not hired as a researcher, and his insistence in using his position as a way to lend his theories credibility is to blame. It is always unfortunate when someone get fired from a position that they were good at and loved doing”.
    You state:
    1. Dr Drapela was a good teacher – [fact} this is generally confirmed by alumni on this thread. So no dispute about Dr. Drapela’s competence and professional skill.
    2. Only “researchers” can expound, advocate and discuss scientific “theories” in their employment at a university – [premise].
    3. Teachers cannot expound, advocate and discuss scientific “theories” in their employment at a university – [premise].
    4. Dr Drapela was employed as teacher at OSU -[fact]
    5. It is impermissible for Dr Drapela to “expound, advocate and discuss scientific “theories” in their employment at a university” – [conclusion].
    6. Dr Draela was morally and legally validly dismissed from his teaching position – [conclusion].

    Now one of the most iomportant legal principles is consistency and certainty of application of ratio and precedent. Now lets apply your premises and conclusions regarding Dr Drapela in a consistent and non-dicriminatory manner to all teachers of science at US tertiary institutions.
    You reckon?

  173. Is it legal to fire someone without a reason….this is crazy!! I would fight this………

  174. ElmerF: I am normally not a judge of comments based on spelling, but three is too much in such a short posting, especially with auto-spell checking in action.

    Elmer, others have pointed out that correcting writing mechanics invariably invokes some perverse law of karma that rebounds on the editor. Hence, we read:

    As a graduate of OSU, I find the firing of an instructor appauling.

    It’ll get you every time. I speak from sad experience. And I will re-read this VERY carefully. As will my wife.
    : > )

  175. Liam says:
    June 13, 2012 at 7:41 am
    Why has the US so many obese, smoking, health advice denialist, oil-guzzling, gun-toting, climate change skeptic, young Earth creationists??

    We won the coin toss.

  176. He was sleeping with a student. Thats why they fired him….and why they won’t tell anybody.

    [Reply: Verifiable evidence, please. ~ dbs mod.]

  177. The Stalin claims were uncesscary. Plus, the whole “Russian biology has never recovered” is just nonsense. If the Russians were so stupid, then they wouldn’t have launched the first satellite!

    To be really honest, all the Stalin and Hitler stuff really doesn’t belong in the skeptic community.

    Plus, the whole “Stalin as villain” thing is REALLY old. Indeed, he was such a “tyrant” that the USSR won the Second World War. Hmm. Look, I don’t mean to push buttons, but I really am tired of seeing the Soviet connections when no one really has a clue about Sovietology.

  178. He wasn’t fired. His contract was just not renewed, every year it must be renewed or he is out of a job, its not like this is a surprise. People are getting all up in arms about this but they honestly have no idea what they are talking about………..

  179. Doesn’t anyone here question the authenticity of this information and wonder if perhaps, this individual did not have his contract renewed due to perfectly legitimate reasons, but because they are personnel issues, no one in the department or university is at liberty to discuss them in a public forum? Universities have grievance procedures, and this indivdual can follow them, and beyond that, there is the legal system. I read all of these fanatical responses that jump to wild conclusions and wonder who all of you crazy people are! Do you believe everything you read on a blog?!

  180. I was just reading comments on the FB page that has been created by “concerned beavers” to “help” with Drapela’s cause. Everyone who is running around “helping” him is probably ensuring that no other university or college will hire him in the future. You are not saving his reputation – you are ruining it! The university has to have a paper trail of performance evaluations before a non-renewal can occur, so the answers are there but are not for the public to see. (And I am sure Drapela would not appreciate it if the university made them public.) Come on.

  181. Penelope Willis @ “He wasn’t fired. His contract was just not renewed, every year it must be renewed or he is out of a job, its not like this is a surprise. People are getting all up in arms about this but they honestly have no idea what they are talking about”
    Not as simple as that. If an employee has a number of consequitive fixed term contract renewals that can constitute or be deemed a continuous contract.
    So not necessarily the case that the non-renewal of a fixed term contract cannot constitute a dismissal. Try harder. Slander, trite law and innuendo. What a despicable pile of **** the alarmist cabal is in US universities.

  182. >Can it be that a university whose motto is “Open minds. Open doors” cannot abide even one faculty member who disagrees with their dogma?

    Okay, because let’s drag the whole uni down for one department’s actions.

  183. I applaud the university – thinking is dangerous particularly when it contradicts accepted government policy. If this is allowed to take root others may try-

  184. Another way a University can limit deviant thinking is to simply restrict funding sources for grants.

    Back in 2007 the U. of Alberta was considering the option of forbidding its researchers from taking any grants from sources connected with the tobacco industry. I wrote a rather strong letter attacking such restrictions on academic freedom:

    http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/letters/story.html?id=4a64c2d9-4da5-4420-b50b-9e19a8229912

    and was then immediately, and very unjustly, attacked for my “conflict of interest” in the completely volunteer work I do with the Smokers Club :

    http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/letters/story.html?id=4a64c2d9-4da5-4420-b50b-9e19a8229912

    The original Alberta plan was just as “chilling” of academic freedom as the firing of professors such as James Entrom and Nickolas Drapela but is arguably far more dangerous as it is more subtle and more likely to spread throughout the entire research community.

    – MJM

  185. Hey, da boise and goils upstairs is gettin squeezed too, ya know?
    And terminal metabolic outputs follow the local gravity well.
    The Sun was once the center of the universe.
    Phogiston once was the cause of combustion.
    The Moon once was made of Green Cheese.
    The nay-sayers are deniers of the orthodox, and so obviously heretics.
    And what do we do with heretics???

  186. I live in Oregon and it doesn’t surprise me that Eugene ideology can’t stand the truth when their money supply is from greenies and their ideas of mass taxation is threatened, they will react as in fireing the messanger. Truth may be earth warms when it climbs into galactic alignment and cools when it ascends, so what you see is natural, not man made. So if they can tax you for something natural they make the bank get it?

  187. I’m guessing his “Senior Instructor” contract requires virtually nothing from OSU in terms of showing cause. The agw alarmists are thin skinned,vindictive and unethical.

  188. My e-mail to the department chair
    rich.carter@oregonstate.edu

    Dr. Carter:
    As a physicist, I want to express my disappointment, if not outrage, at OSU’s dismissal of Dr. Drapela for what, apparently, amounts to holding the “wrong” scientific opinion regarding anthropogenic climate change. It is up to us scientists to mount the last line of defense against orthodoxy: While I understand the huge pressure to conform to the political trends (in the form of massive government grants to your university), we must remain scientists first, and political operatives second.

    If this is as it appears, it is a black mark on your university, your department, and I’m sorry to say, on your leadership as a scientist.

  189. Amazing how intolerant intellectual types are when they get threatened ! Suppose Drapela was the Director of an opposing institute correctly proving that “climate change” was just a political Obama-charade (which is of course true BTW — that’s why you all had to change the original popular name “global warning”), you and your buddies there at OSU would have screamed — claiming that there was no discourse, no profound opposing discussion. But when the shoe is on the other foot, look how you behave !

  190. No room for critical thinking in the People’s Republic of Eugene. Toe the Party line or pay the consequences.

  191. Was he fired? Or he simply did not have his contract renewed? Non-renewal of educator’s contracts goes on all the time and one must prepare for the possibility. If he was fired, then this is not right!

  192. Wow. Where to start? I don’t know for sure what the circumstances are of the Prof’s dismissal (sorry…non-renewal), but I do have a few thoughts. Here goes:

    From Jo Reeves, 6/11/8:24pm: any company or organization should have the right to terminate anyone for any reason. Sorry, but we’re not talking about a private company here. The university gets funding from the Federal gov’t, which makes it a public institution and therefore not at liberty to just make up its own rules in regard to personnel issues. According to your expressed idea, any employer would be able to fire someone just for being Jewish, female, Native American, African American, or any other reason. I seem to remember from my history classes that people fought – and died – for protection against such unfairness. It’s called Civil Rights.
    From Chris G, 6/11, 8:37pm: In fact, Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach for the Beavers at OSU. SO??
    From D.J.Hawkins, 6/12, 10:47am: Yes, the First Amendment is a “compact between the citizens and the Federal Government,” but remember: Federal statute overrides State statute every time, and the Constitution cannot be overridden by any state or local statute or policy. Freedom of speech is guaranteed to every citizen at all times, unless that speech incites danger/harm to others or the citizen voluntarily suspends the right, as in the case of active duty military personnel. Even those who have lost others legal guarantees, such as convicted felons, do not lose the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Since the university is supported by tax dollars, it is a representative of the Federal Government and therefore cannot impede on an individual’s right to free speech or punish him for the exercise thereof.

    From Ophelia, 6/13, 9:21: You may be right in re: to folks jumping to conclusions, but budget cuts don’t seem a viable reason here. The professor’s key/privileges were revoked before the completion of finals. Any change in funding wouldn’t have gone into effect until the end of the academic term, so if there wasn’t something questionable about the situation, they could have waited a week or two until the end of the term. There may be an explanation, but the haste involved in the situation is at least enough to raise eyebrows.

    And lastly, from Shooter, 6/14, 7:30am: Indeed, he was such a “tyrant” that the USSR won the Second World War: Check your history, dear. The USSR didn’t win WWII. The victory of the Allied forces over the Axis forces was a joint effort, but if any one country could be credited with bringing an end to the conflict, that country would arguably be the US, not the USSR. It’s possible – maybe even probable – that the USSR could’ve achieved victory without the US’s help, but we’ll never know for sure. What is sure is that neither one person nor one country can be completely credited with winning that war. Oh, and since when does being a “tyrant” preclude a gov’t figure from leading a country to win a war, anyway? Many wars have been fought and won by countries led by tyrants. Winning doesn’t make them any less tyrannical.

  193. Where is the tolerance and mingling of ideas in a free society and among Progressives (so called)? Since OSU has given Dr. Drapela no reason for the firing, why does he not sue the school?
    Why are the Occupiers not protesting this?

  194. Funny how 3-4 years ago oregon state faculty put out an official statement that drapela’s views does not reflect the departments stance on the climate change issue and now this. It’s too bad because I remember his adv chem class like it was yesterday. One of only a few classes I actually enjoyed.

  195. Here is a quick email i sent to President Ray this morning. I was too outraged to do nothing. If you wish to do something similar, go to their website (oregonstate.edu) and navigate to the President’s page and click the link. This type of thing really gets me going…..

    Dr. Ray,

    I have read online that your University has fired a professor named Nicholas Drapela. He has asked to be given a reason for his dismissal. Contrary to common decency and fair dealings, the University has failed to provide him a reason. I find this rather discouraging.

    Has the University really refused to provide a reason for the individual dismissal?

    Was he, in fact, dismissed because of his out-spoken views on man-made global warming?

    How can a university espouse creeds like tolerance and academic freedom, and then dismiss one who is a critic of a philosophy that the University has championed, and then refuse to provide a reason for the firing?

    If the allegations are true that Dr. Drapela was dismissed due to his stated beliefs on global warming, then you and those others making that decision should be ashamed and embarrassed for your actions. You have sold your academic soul to one creed and philosophy, and have neglected your true mission. And you bring discredit to the entire global academy. My words could not adequately express my utmost disappointment and anger at this situation.

    If this was not the basis of the decision, it’s time you shared with the world the real reason. Your position as the President of a state university should compel you to treat others with more respect, dignity and courtesy.

    I realize that until now, I have only heard one side of this story. I realize that I have absolutely no connection or interest in your university. But the information I have been given has made me mad enough to compose this email to you, a stranger on the other side of this great country. I hope you realize that for every one of me, there are probably thousands in Oregon shaking their heads.

    Please do what is right. Please show this man and his family some common courtesy and give him a reason for his dismissal. And if the reason for his dismissal is his position on man-made global warming, then do the decent thing and resign your post. Any academic that would do such a thing deserves to be doing something completely unconnected to the academy.

    Respectfully,

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