RIP – Dr. Patrick Michaels, 1950-2022

I’m sorry to inform the climate realist community of the passing of friend and colleague, Dr. Patrick Michaels. I worked on several projects with Pat, and I was always impressed with his depth of knowledge, quick wit, and character. For example, he often wore green tennis shoes to climate conferences because he said the oddity would engage people in conversations he might not have had otherwise.

He once said to me that his only regret was hiring/promoting Michael Mann while he was at the University of Virginia.

From Greg Wrightstone by email:

Patrick Michaels obtained an A.B. in biological science in 1971 and an M.S. in biology in 1975 from the University of Chicago, and in 1979 he obtained his Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His doctoral thesis was titled Atmospheric anomalies and crop yields in North America.

Patrick J. Michaels was a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. He was a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. Michaels was a contributing author and is a reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

His writing was been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials worldwide. He was the author or editor of Nine books on climate and its impact, and he was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. He appeared on most of the worldwide major media.

Dr. Michaels was Senior Fellow at the CO2 Coalition and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

He remained very active up to his last days. He had just completed his review and comments on the USGCR decadal plan and filed them on Thursday. He and I met just Thursday to discuss his next venture looking at regional assessments of changing climate/CO2 on the Midwest.

He leaves a legacy of sound science and dedication to the scientific process. He will be missed terribly.

1992Sound and Fury: The Science and Politics of Global Warming
2000The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming
2004Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media
2005Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming
2009Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know
2011Climate Coup: Global Warmings Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives
2015Climate Change: The Facts
2016Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything
2019Scientocracy: The Tangled Web of Public Science and Public Policy
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Javier
July 16, 2022 12:12 pm

RIP indeed.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Javier
July 18, 2022 10:48 am

Do you also go by “Maverik”?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Gunga Din
July 19, 2022 9:05 am

That comment was NOT a reply to Javier but to another despicable reply to Javier which has since been deleted.

jorgekafkazar
July 16, 2022 12:16 pm

1950–1922?

Philip CM
Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 16, 2022 3:56 pm

My condolences for your loss, Anthony.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Philip CM
July 17, 2022 8:32 am

Condolences all round are in order I believe.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 17, 2022 1:57 am

Understandably.

July 16, 2022 12:19 pm

Science goes backwards one death at a time.

Vuk
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
July 17, 2022 3:11 am

How true, tragedy is that there are very few science lion cubs there in the academia jungle, even those few are pursued to extinction by unscrupulous predators.
Only yesterday I was discussing with a friend German engineer, consultant to companies like Mercedes and Volkswagen, many aspects of current dominant politics and science. He was at edge of despair what is happening not only in his country but in other bastions of western science, technology and industry.
We sadly agreed that only hope is that Chinese might teach us an expensive but well deserved lesson.

Quelgeek
Reply to  Vuk
July 18, 2022 6:06 am

I make that comment about the Chinese “teaching us a lesson” myself. But on reflection I realize it won’t be a useful lesson. There will be no going back to whatever we give up; it will be gone for good.

Robertvd
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
July 17, 2022 4:18 am

As my father would say ‘Another Old Tree in the Forest has been cut down’.

July 16, 2022 12:29 pm

Dang!

Mr.
July 16, 2022 12:32 pm

His legacy lives on.

John Garrett
July 16, 2022 12:33 pm

The loss of Dr. Michaels is comparable to the loss of Freeman Dyson— two honest, competent men of science who spoke their truth regardless of consequences.

Chaswarnert
Reply to  John Garrett
July 17, 2022 2:17 am

And Richard Feynman.

Reply to  John Garrett
July 17, 2022 2:20 am

Not so much their truth as the real objective truth.

Quelgeek
Reply to  John Garrett
July 18, 2022 6:11 am

“…two honest, competent men of science who spoke their truth.”

A kindly intended thought, no doubt, but no one gets their own truth. A private truth is practically a definition of nonsense. I despise the phrase.

Stephen Philbrick
July 16, 2022 12:36 pm

Very sorry to hear this.

Dana Saylor Sr.
July 16, 2022 12:38 pm

I never meet Dr. Michaels but respected him greatly. As an esteemed Climate Scientist he was among the elite for his knowledge, integrity and contribution to its understanding. To say he will be sorely missed would be an understatement!

G Mawer
July 16, 2022 12:46 pm

I am very sorry for your loss Anthony.

CoRev
July 16, 2022 1:07 pm

A sad day and loss for the relist community.

Rud Istvan
July 16, 2022 1:27 pm

Sorry to learn of this. He was my age. That really hits home.
I read some of his work early on in my own climate learning curve. Always clear and persuasive.

beng135
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 17, 2022 9:04 am

Yes, 72 is just too young. The stress of being harrassed for so long might be a contributing factor.

Glenn
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 23, 2022 6:01 am

He was in my dorm in college. Very affable, fun, and super intelligent.

Pop Piasa
July 16, 2022 1:44 pm

He had no reason to feel guilty about hiring Mann. He couldn’t have logically discerned that a bright young student like Mann would turn scientific scoundrel for promise of endless government cash. Somewhere down the road I believe Mann will experience “Trofim Lysenko syndrome”, if you will.

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  Pop Piasa
July 16, 2022 2:32 pm

Can’t be totally responsible for your students, but can do a lot if you don’t care who gets the credit and the credit is not the goal. 72 used to be old, still sad to lose the best.
Some exceptional (early, at least) scientists around that seemed smarter than many of us, but still not enough to prevent being corrupted. Recently ran across this interesting book on the last century of oceanography (Understanding the Ocean) with a comment about an exceptional oceanographer. “I suspect that Sverdrup would find some features of recent science distasteful.” 

Pop Piasa
Reply to  H. D. Hoese
July 16, 2022 4:07 pm

Smart and wise are two distinctively different qualities if you ask me. Intelligence that is not guided and tempered by wisdom makes one an un-guided missile throughout life. Unwise choices in one’s research necessitate further imprudent actions, like suing people who point out your scientific improprieties and being soundly defeated by justice (and karma).

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
July 16, 2022 1:51 pm

Oh, no. Very sorry to hear this.

arjan duiker
July 16, 2022 1:54 pm

Sorry for your loss Anthony.

Danley Wolfe
July 16, 2022 1:58 pm

RIP. God Bless.

Phil
July 16, 2022 2:27 pm

My sincere condolences. He will always be remembered.

Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 2:35 pm

So sorry for your loss Anthony and the loss to the world of a powerful force speaking authentic climate science.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 2:53 pm

Here’s to you Dr. Michaels!

Pat Michaels Receives the Courage in Defense of Science Award at ICCC13https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_AOv4fbCe0

The 10 Most-Respected Global Warming Skepticshttps://www.businessinsider.com/the-ten-most-important-climate-change-skeptics-2009-7

https://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=3893

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 16, 2022 2:55 pm
Janice Moore
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 17, 2022 9:44 am

Youtube videos don’t turn into control windows if there is any text after the link.

Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Last edited 22 days ago by Janice Moore
MikeMaguire
Reply to  Janice Moore
July 17, 2022 11:49 pm

Thanks Janice.

Janice Moore
Reply to  MikeMaguire
July 18, 2022 9:50 am

: )

John V. Wright
July 16, 2022 2:36 pm

Our thoughts are with you Anthony, from the U.K. Thanks also to Greg Wrightstone for timely bio and list of Dr Michael’s achievements – from someone who saw him recently, this counts particularly. We are losing scientists of honesty and integrity.

Editor
July 16, 2022 2:41 pm

Pat Michaels’ books were my introduction to scientific skepticism of AGW. He was possibly the best scientific communicator in the field

July 16, 2022 2:56 pm

A giant dies. I worked with (and for) Pat while he was at CATO. Always fun. When you are sitting there petting his cat and drinking his fine beer you do not think about how great he is, but he truly was. He was often the loud voice of skepticism, but always with the science in clear view.

None better.

adams
July 16, 2022 3:14 pm

So when did Pat die and how? And services, his wife, daughter, rest of family, etc. Not much info here except that he was alive on Thursday.

alastair gray
July 16, 2022 3:21 pm

Wasn’t Pat Michaels the guy who politely asked Phil Jones of the lamentable University of East Anglia for his raw data on global temperatures. Jones the traitor to science rebuffed him “Why should I send you the data when you want to use it to prove me wrong” Thereby providing a neat icon of the dishonesty of the climate establishments cheerleaders

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  alastair gray
July 16, 2022 5:54 pm

No
That was Australian geologist Warwick Hughes.
Geoff S

Reply to  alastair gray
July 16, 2022 6:04 pm

That was actually Warwick Hughes. He has it here at his blog within the comments section. It’s under the heading “The famous Jones quote”

Reply to  alastair gray
July 16, 2022 6:12 pm

A giant has fallen. Nobody did a better job of explaining the climate change issue than Pat did.

I have no doubt that Phil Jones is cheered by this sad news.

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https://sealevel.info/FOIA/1075403821.txt

If you’ve ever heard Pat speak, you’ll know why I’m confident that Phil Jones is relieved he’s gone. Here’re a few of Pat’s lectures:

2008:
https://youtu.be/vIuz-jy3v5s?t=495

2009:
https://youtu.be/sICscioj0tE?t=167 (volume is low on this one):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAvXMIJhtlU

2010:
https://youtu.be/yyDxw1B3RrY?t=229

2011:
https://youtu.be/TKgpj5dAGDc?t=89

2012:
https://youtu.be/zn8GLG2LWME?t=243

2014:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpNzwzwm-xU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ7d1_BbAYw

2015:
https://youtu.be/MMczbrbL1eE?t=50

2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUT_vha4ukU

2018(?):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnq412qXwzM

2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuipwj3dppA

2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILiMYQUaz2E

2021:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdNeMf9T_mg
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Alastair asked, “Wasn’t Pat Michaels the guy who politely asked Phil Jones of the lamentable University of East Anglia for his raw data on global temperatures.”

That was Warwick Hughes who was told by Phil Jones, “We have 25 years or so invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

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https://sealevel.info/FOIA/1299.txt

Pat Michaels wrote about it, with his usual eloquence:

https://sealevel.info/The_Dog_Ate_Global_Warming_by_Patrick_J_Michaels_on_National_Review_Online_2009-09-23.html

I am very sad tonight.

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Mike Maguire
Reply to  Dave Burton
July 16, 2022 9:07 pm

Thanks very much Dave!

We all have reason to be sad with the passing of this great man.

I’ll pass these links on to everybody at my forum.

Gifted with an elite level of authentic climate discernment/understanding but the manner in which he communicates it is so clear and convincing above all others.

Reply to  Dave Burton
July 17, 2022 11:36 am

Saddened that Pat Michaels has died – way too young to go.
Thanks to all who remembered and posted on my 2005 emails with Phil Jones.

Reply to  Dave Burton
July 17, 2022 8:42 pm

Thank you Dave for your excellent post.

H.R.
July 16, 2022 4:15 pm

Sad news. It’s good that he published a lot of great material that will still carry his message even though he is gone.

goldminor
July 16, 2022 4:22 pm

That seems a bit young. I was born in 1950. One never knows though when the end will arrive. His voice and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  goldminor
July 17, 2022 3:27 am

Agree. A great loss to the community.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  goldminor
July 17, 2022 4:55 am

In the Bible: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”

July 16, 2022 6:15 pm

A tremendous loss, my condolences to his family, friends, and close associates. He will be very much missed. I was privileged to exchange emails with him on a few occasions regarding the false political accusations aimed at him. He was gracious enough on that angle of the AGW issue to contribute a very helpful and somewhat damaging bit regarding one of his accusers to my blog, which also displayed his sense of humor: “Dr. Patrick J. Michaels Guest Comments on his 1995 Encounter with Ross Gelbspan: ‘An Amusing Scene

DBonson
July 16, 2022 6:23 pm

A great loss for the scientific community. May Dr. Patrick Michaels rest in peace.

Pat Frank
July 16, 2022 7:24 pm

Pat Michaels was also sitting next to Jim Hansen during Hansen’s June 1988 testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Pat looks young and incredulous as he stares over at Hansen, probably stunned at hearing Hansen make claims in that serious venue that he could not possibly substantiate.

Did Pat ever relate the story of what he was thinking at the time? It would be great to know.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Anthony Watts
July 17, 2022 5:19 pm

Here’s Timothy Wirth in June 1988. A different guy.

John Knox
Reply to  Pat Frank
July 18, 2022 7:38 pm

That’s Jerry Mahlman, longtime director of GFDL, in the photo. His testimony was similar to Hansen’s.

Pat Frank
Reply to  John Knox
July 20, 2022 5:55 am

You’re right, John, thanks. My mistake. Hansen identified Mahlman in the Chapter 29 draft (pdf) of his memoirs.

He looks to me a bit like Pat Michaels there, though. 🙂

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davidmhoffer
July 16, 2022 8:14 pm

Sad to hear this. Condolences to his family, his friends, and to those for whom integrity in science and public discourse is important.

3x2
July 16, 2022 8:24 pm

Sorry to hear this.

Do, if you get the chance, point out to his family that few among ‘us’ ever get a headline on
WUWT. A global obituary says a lot about his life. Something his close family and friends should be very proud of.

Marty Cornell
July 16, 2022 10:16 pm

This is indeed terrible news. Pat Michaels was a true and honest champion of ethical science and an articulate spokesperson to policy makers and the general public. He will, indeed, be missed.

Redge
July 17, 2022 12:10 am

Idiot

MikeMaguire
July 17, 2022 12:34 am

Class act Mustang!

People acknowledging the accomplishments of a great man and sharing our bereavement/loss
and your contribution is to call us retarded.

Hate is the most destructive emotion of all and it’s biggest detrimental impact is on the hater.

ozspeaksup
July 17, 2022 2:19 am

sad news we lose another person with the authority to get people to listen and read alt opinions
amazing legacy and will see if I can order books at the library

July 17, 2022 3:50 am

Pat Michaels was my friend for 20+ years. I am devastated. He was a very good man.
So long Pat. Great job!

Reply to  Allan MacRae
July 18, 2022 6:10 am

This morning I opened wattsup, again saw this sad announcement, and experienced the same “gut-punch” as yesterday. I recall contacting Pat to offer support when he was sacked from U of Virginia through the efforts of true scoundrels. Although wounded, he was as usual quite positive and had landed a better job – there was nothing more to do.
Pat Michaels was highly intelligent, a strong, positive personality who accomplished much in his life – a life that should be celebrated. A good man and a great man – a life well-lived.

Last edited 21 days ago by Allan MacRae
Jim Gorman
July 17, 2022 4:58 am

Sad news indeed. My condolences to you for losing a good friend.

michael hart
July 17, 2022 5:43 am

A great loss. RIP.

michael hart
Reply to  michael hart
July 17, 2022 5:27 pm

I’ll add that, in addition to the presentations liked by Anthony, you can honour Pat Michaels by watching pretty much any link you can find for him on the internet. He hits the nail on the head time after time after time.

Greg Bacon
July 17, 2022 5:59 am

Science advances one funeral at a time. (Max Planck)

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Greg Bacon
July 17, 2022 7:55 am

In this case science regresses, not advances.

Greg Bacon
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
July 17, 2022 3:23 pm

Science never regresses

Graemethecat
Reply to  Greg Bacon
July 18, 2022 5:19 am

Climate “Science” is certainly regressing, back to Witchcraft and Fairy Stories.

Quelgeek
Reply to  Greg Bacon
July 18, 2022 6:17 am

Whether it does or not this was a graceless moment for you to make that claim.

toorightmate
July 17, 2022 7:04 am

A very sad loss.
A great person who will, one day, be recognized as such.

beng135
July 17, 2022 8:51 am

Saddening. 🙁 He was the guy that first made me aware of the heavily-financed and corrupt climate change industry when he was VA State Climatologist at Uni of VA back in the early-mid 1980s. He wasn’t afraid to comment on & contest it with his publications like the quarterly Virginia Climate Advisory. Because of that he was harrassed & had to eventually leave the University. One of the first rebels against faux climate change along w/John Daly.

July 17, 2022 9:22 am

Here are 47 of Pat’s videos arranged by length. Much fun.

http://ccdedu.blogspot.com/2019/05/videos-by-patrick-michaels.html

Mike Maguire
Reply to  David Wojick
July 17, 2022 11:37 am

Wow, David!
I feel bad for not truly appreciating this great man until after his death.
I’ll pass those videos on.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1455.Ernest_Hemingway

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Mike Maguire
Reply to  David Wojick
July 19, 2022 10:04 am

Thanks again David,
I’ve been enjoying some of those videos and it just makes one truly appreciate what a gift Dr. Michaels was for debunking junk climate science and inserting reality/truth in its place!

This one is my favorite as he destroys Bill Nye the (fake) science guy by effectively communicating with intellectually profound and easy to understand reasoning.

Dr. Patrick’s mind was always jammed packed with many thousands of polished responses/statements that quickly (and respectfully) came out of his mouth at all the right times to nail the bullseye in addressing the most important part of EVERY SINGLE DISCUSSION.

I was chief meteorologist for 11 years at WEHT-TV Evansville, IN and on my very best day couldn’t be as skilled at communicating as Dr. Michaels was when he was having his worst day!

Actually………..it appears as if there is no evidence of him ever having what most of us would consider having a bad day!

Patrick J. Michaels discusses Climategate on CNN vs Bill Nye
Dec 8, 2009 12-7-09

John Hultquist
July 17, 2022 9:39 am

 Many have commented on Dr. Michaels’ role as a public person. I’ll go the more private empathy path.

This death creates a void that is impossible to fill. I use the word “void” because that is the reality that entered my life in March 2021 when my wife, Nancy, died suddenly. We met in 1965, she and I both being older than Dr. Michaels.
His family and friends will go to sleep and wake thinking of the void that cannot be filled. There will be immediate needs and legal aspects that might not have been thought of or planned for. Let me give just two examples, and then you can try to imagine all the others that daily or weekly will continue to sustain that void.
Credit cards: the secondary cardholders will need to apply for their own because the primary card will be canceled, and any auto-pays from the primary card will have to be transferred. The balance will be due, more or less immediately. Even during grief, these things cannot be delayed. A second thing: Did the deceased have keys to a room or building that need to be returned? Where are they?
Each thing, and there are many, must be dealt with by family and friends.

I wish for peace and comfort to all that face this passing.

John H.  

Janice Moore
Reply to  John Hultquist
July 17, 2022 10:00 am

Still praying for you, dear Mr. Hultquist. 😞

Very good estate planning advice.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  John Hultquist
July 17, 2022 12:09 pm

Thanks for sharing John,

There are 2 ways to look at this. Would you be better off:

  1. Never meeting her and/or never allowing yourself to be so attached and in love…….and saving yourself all this agony because you can’t miss something you never knew. or
  2. Having all those wonderful years that helped make you who you are………but now, feeling the void/absence of something so wonderful because you DID HAVE IT.

Doesn’t make it less tougher and easy for others to say………..but it’s true!

On June 1st, my wife lost her beloved 87 year old mom, that she spoke with every evening for an hour. She is still devastated and when I try to help her…….it makes worse.

She does NOT want to be talked out of mourning! It took her 6 months to get over her Dad in 2002.
We bought them a house and she was the best daughter and made them both so proud with her accomplishments. But she felt that she could have somehow done more.

People experience bereavement differently. We should always try to respect that.

I hope that things will only get easier for you with time, John, even if Father Time isn’t leaving you with much of that in your life.

Stephen Richards
July 17, 2022 12:31 pm

That is so sad and a terrible day for us realists

Gunga Din
July 17, 2022 1:56 pm

And this comment has nothing to with this notice of Dr. Patrick Michaels death.
Try again on an “Open Thread”.
In the meantime, If the MODS need permission from a reader to delete this way out of context comment, feel free to do so.
(You can delete mine as well if you want to completely the erase the out of context disrespect completely.)

John Slayton
Reply to  Gunga Din
July 19, 2022 6:15 am

Don’t see any disrespect in noting that we have lost more than just a competent professional. We have lost a fellow human whose value extends way beyond his job and touches many other people in both emotional and practical ways. I will be driving through Ellensburg tomorrow, dios mediante, on my way from Spokane to Bremerton. Dr. Michaels and John and Nancy Hultquist will all be on my mind and in my prayers.

Gunga Din
Reply to  John Slayton
July 19, 2022 9:09 am

Understand but I was replying to a jerk’s comment which has since been deleted.
This thread is no place for what they said.

Gunga Din
July 17, 2022 2:22 pm

Prayers for his family and his friends.

July 17, 2022 4:00 pm

Patrick is hugely missed by his friends in the Irish Climate Science Forum – he gave us a brilliant lecture in Dublin in November 2018 on “The Lukewarm Alternative to the IPCC” – our sincerest sympathies to his family and friends, Jim O’Brien, Chair ICSF, http://www.ICSF.ie.

Reply to  Jim O'Brien, Chair ICSF
July 17, 2022 9:53 pm

Wow, what an impressive list of speakers!
https://www.icsf.ie/lecture-series

But I see that the lectures prior to Autumn 2020 (including Pat’s) have no videos linked. Do you have video recordings of them?

Reply to  Dave Burton
July 18, 2022 3:09 am

Hi Dave, thanks for your compliments! No, in the pre-Zoom pre-COVID days they were in-person lectures, whithout video recordings. I might have the slides if you kindly send me your email addrees. Jim.

Reply to  Jim O'Brien
July 18, 2022 9:54 am

Thank you, Jim. My contact info is here:
https://sealevel.info/contact.html

I hope you’ll continue to make video recordings of these talks, even post-COVID. That’s really a marvelous resource you’ve compiled!

If you have slides and audio recordings of the earlier talks, it is possible to combine them into usable videos, but it is a tedious process. That’s what I did to make this video of Prof. Happer’s 2014 UNC Physics Colloquium:

https://www.sealevel.info/Happer_UNC_2014-09-08/

JCDN Texas
July 17, 2022 4:55 pm

My sincerest heartfelt condolences, Anthony. Another warrior lost . . .

Editor
July 17, 2022 5:17 pm

A real loss to the field of climate studies. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Michaels once, and he was a wonderful, humble and kind man, quite willing to talk to nobodies like me as if we mattered.

Last edited 22 days ago by Kip Hansen
Graemethecat
Reply to  Kip Hansen
July 18, 2022 5:21 am

“Humble” and “kind”, adjectives which I have never heard applied to Professor Michael Mann.

Gunga Din
July 18, 2022 11:07 am

(I’m only making one point of comparison.)
When Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door, he wasn’t doing anything unusual.
Notices and such were commonly nailed to church doors. They were a bulletin board of sorts.
He posted an invitation to debate any or all of the 95. He wasn’t out to start “The Reformation”. He just wanted an open debate.

Doctor Michaels, along with many others, just wanted an open debate.
An open debate should not have upset the CliScientist so much.

Mary Brown
July 18, 2022 11:54 am

I would appreciate if anyone could discuss his termination from state climatologist of Virginia and departure from Univ of Virginia. This was a disgraceful, highly political hatchet job. I would like to hear what people know/remember. How did it happen? Who was governor? What was Michael Mann’s role? etc.

Thanks.

Also, Dr. Michaels personally told me that he drove a Prius because he thought none of the wackos would blow it up. Yes, he was severely threatened.

RIP

Indur Goklany
July 18, 2022 12:52 pm

I am very saddened to hear of Pat Michaels’ passing.
  
I first met Pat in the early 1990s, when he was with the University of Virginia, and the State of Virginia’s Climatologist. He resigned from the latter position because, apparently, the State Governor’s office could not abide a State Climatologist who, while acknowledging there would be some warming, publicly doubted that its consequences would be particularly disruptive. So he was advised that he should not use his title while discussing global warming in public.

It is a testament to his scientific integrity that he resigned rather than modified his views.

I was honored and gratified to have been asked by Pat to contribute the chapter on the effect of global warming on the economic development in developing countries in Climate Coup, a book he edited around 2010. 

I, and more importantly, climate science will miss Pat and his skeptical approach to the various claims about global warming, mainly based on models which have neither been verified nor validated which, moreover, are not evident in empirical record unless one restricts the temporal and geographical extent of the area under consideration.

RIP Pat.

E.J. Mohr
July 18, 2022 1:37 pm

Terrible news indeed. May he RIP and my deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Posa
July 18, 2022 4:07 pm

Sometime in the late Eighties I read an essay by Pat Michaels debunking what was called then “Global Warming” and putting the grand sweep of climate history in perspective. Over the years his claims have stood the test of time, shaping my own understanding of climate for the rest of my life.

Requiescat in Pace

TEWS_Pilot
July 18, 2022 6:25 pm

Dr. Patrick Michaels — Great scientist and friendBy Craig Rucker |July 18th, 2022
https://www.cfact.org/2022/07/18/dr-patrick-michaels-great-scientist-and-friend/

Greg
July 19, 2022 4:55 am

A great loss to the sane discussion of climate. Truely a great contribution. RIP.

rah
July 19, 2022 4:27 pm

A look into the a sick mind that is I think an example of what we are dealing with.

Anthony. It may be best if you don’t read this.

A Window Into The Deranged Mind(s) Of Climate Cult | Real Climate Science

July 20, 2022 2:47 am

Rest in peace Patrick!
A good scientist and a good man.

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