UPDATE: Pat Michaels responds, see below:
Maybe it’s the summer weather, I dunno, but in the space of 4 days, we have three prominent figures in the global warming debate behaving badly.
First we have Al Gore, who paralleled climate skeptics with racists last Friday.
Then we had Pat Michaels, who made an unbelievably callous gaffe in a Forbes article saying
“It is doubtful that Irene will even cough up eight bodies,”
That’s not only callous, but disappointing coming from him. On the other hand he did correct it to read: “hopefully kill fewer than the eight people who died in Gloria,”, but I think he should issue an apology as well.
Then today we have Dr. James Hansen, scientist turned political activist, now with street cred x3, because he was arrested today for the third time.
I think we need cooler heads at the top of the climate food chain on both sides.
UPDATE: Pat Michaels issued this statement and apology this afternoon via email to me:
While the text was in fact changed, the original was over the top. As anyone in this business knows, sometimes we don’t proof ourselves very well and say things that are hurtful, and that is not good and requires an apology to those unfairly hurt, which I offer sincerely. I will try to be more careful in the future, and I hope to have learned from this.
– Pat Michaels (via email)
It would be nice to see Mr. Gore (or anyone in the AGW camp for that matter) disavow his comparisons to racism.