Texas Climate Scientists Rebuke Rick Perry (Again)

Last month, ThinkProgress Green reported that dozens of Texas climate scientists disagreed with Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) argument that climate science is a corrupt cult of conspiracy. Gerald North, Texas A&M;’s distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography, “puts 35 years of experience behind the view that there’s no longer any doubt that the planet is warming,” writes the San Antonio Express-News.

The evidence has been piling up for 30 years now,” North told the paper.

Galileo, Perry said during a GOP presidential debate, “got outvoted for a spell.” North said the governor misstated the controversy surrounding the 17th century physicist and astronomer.

I think Galileo’s fight was with a bunch of religious fanatics,” North said. “I don’t think that’s the situation here. Galileo’s fight was not with a bunch of other scientists.”


If anything, he said, Perry’s position is “exactly the opposite” — in other words, on the side of the deniers of science.

North and another A&M; colleague, Gunnar W. Schade, are speaking Saturday at San Antonio’s Moving Planet rally.