The ‘March for Science’ event took a violent turn when a leading skeptical scientist reportedly has seven shots fired at his workplace.
Dr. Roy Spencer, a meteorologist and climate skeptic at the University of Huntsville, Alabama, believes the shots were fired as a threat and a warning.
He recounted the incident on his website:
A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend.
All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy’s office is (my office is in another part of the building).
Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March for Science passing right past our building on Saturday afternoon, I think this is more than coincidence. When some people cannot argue facts, they resort to violence to get their way. It doesn’t matter that we don’t “deny global warming”; the fact we disagree with its seriousness and the level of human involvement in warming is enough to send some radicals into a tizzy.
Our street is fairly quiet, so I doubt the shots were fired during Saturday’s march here. It was probably late night Saturday or Sunday for the shooter to have a chance of being unnoticed.
Maybe the “March For Science” should have been called the “March To Silence”.
Campus and city police say they believe the shots were fired from a passing car, based upon the angle of entry into one of the offices. Shell casings were recovered outside. The closest distance a passing car would have been is 70 yards away.
Dr. John Christy, a fellow climate change skeptic, and Spencer are used to feeling the wrath of climate alarmists because of their work.
They debunk the Left’s theories, and they aren’t silent about it.
They have shown that the “global warming” recorded by accurate satellite measurements is considerably less dramatic than what heavily adjusted earth surface temperature datasets show. Climate alarmist prefer the later because it fits their cause.
Spencer and Christy prefer the truth.
They have gone so far to shed light on the subject that Christy has even testifying in Congress that the climate establishment is corrupt and untrustworthy.
I’ve often stated that climate science is a “murky” science. We do not have laboratory methods of testing our hypotheses as many other sciences do. As a result what passes for science includes, opinion, arguments-from-authority, dramatic press releases, and fuzzy notions of consensus generated by preselected groups. This is not science. I noticed the House passed an amendment last year to de-fund the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC.) We know from Climategate emails and many other sources that the IPCC has had problems with those who take different positions on climate change than what the IPCC promotes. There is another way to deal with this however. Since the IPCC activity is funded by US taxpayers, then I propose that five to ten percent of the funds be allocated to a group of well-credentialed scientists to produce an assessment that expresses legitimate, alternative hypotheses that have been (in their view) marginalized, misrepresented or ignored in previous IPCC reports (and thus EPA and National Climate Assessments). Such activities are often called “Red Team” reports and are widely used in government and industry.
Obviously, this isn’t something climate extremists want to hear.
Spencer since has updated his website page to reveal that UAH police have classified the event as a “random shooting”.
Seven Belgian 5.7 millimeter bullets that hit the building from 70 yards away, all concentrated around John Christy’s office. Yeah, that sounds random.