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‘Top Meteorologist’ Hailed By Traditional Media Once Compared Gore To Hitler

By Amanda Terkel  

"‘Top Meteorologist’ Hailed By Traditional Media Once Compared Gore To Hitler"

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On Friday, Dr. William Gray, a professor at Colorado State University, joined a long list of right-wing skeptics who have hurled baseless personal remarks at Gore and the Nobel prize committee. Gray spoke in North Carolina and attacked Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize win, claiming that the former vice president is “brainwashing our children.” Watch this morning’s MSNBC’s report of his comments:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/10/msnbcgoreclimategray.320.240.flv]

MSNBC called Gray a “top meteorologist.” McClatchy referred to him as a “pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts.” The Washington Times coined him one of the “world’s foremost meteorologists.” But all failed to note that Gray has a long history of climate skepticism and attacks on Gore.

In May 2006, a Wasington Post magazine article quoted Gray directly comparing Gore to Hitler:

Gore believed in global warming almost as much as Hitler believed there was something wrong with the Jews.

In April, Gray told the Associated Press that Gore is “doing a great disservice and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” He added that skeptics have had to endure “mild McCarthyism.” In July, Gray indicated that he holds a grudge against the IPCC as well, because the members have never “come to me.” “I have just been isolated,” he said.

Gray also claimed that the reason other scientists haven’t publicly questioned manmade global warming is because “they’d never get any grants if they spoke out.” But even skeptics are skeptical of claims by people like Gray. The journal Energy & Environment, “known for publishing work that denies a link between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change,” recently rejected a paper “claiming to show that the scientific consensus on climate change is not in fact a consensus.”

RealClimate has debunked Gray’s scientific “facts” on global warming HERE.

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