The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is once again seeking to push its belief of the manmade climate change theory onto its members. The group recently sent out requests for its members to partake in a survey that will be conducted by someone who views global warming as the “ultimate threat” to mankind.
An email to AMS members as well as members of the National Weather Association (NWA), and the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) asks them to participate in the survey. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the survey is ostensibly an attempt, “to better understand TV meteorologists’ and news directors’ opinions about climate change.” See below for the complete message.
Members of the AMS instantly reacted with shock and disdain not only at the message but its source. The message was sent by Ed Maibach, Professor and Director of the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. As it turns out, Dr. Maibach is hardly an impartial player in the game and certainly not one that should be conducting an impartial survey.
Maibach’s biography on his employer’s website discusses his thoughts on manmade climate change:
In 2006, while on a walk in the mountains – with Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber – Ed had an epiphany that forever changed his life. He realized that climate change is the ultimate threat to the public’s health and wellbeing, worldwide, and Ed responded by refocusing his work entirely on climate change prevention and adaptation. Ed moved to Mason in 2007 to join the communication faculty and create the Center for Climate Change Communication.
The biography goes on to say that Maibach’s primary area of interest is in answering the question, “How can we use communication and marketing to influence the behavior of populations for the benefit of society?”
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It is Maibach’s background and the statement that he seeks to “influence the behavior of populations” that has many AMS members deeply troubled.
The Climate Change Examiner has spoken to a number of meteorologists that received the survey request and all expressed their concerns. One award-winning meteorologist said, “I cannot tell you how disturbing this is to me both professionally and as someone who has been a meteorologist for nearly 30 years.”
“Science should be allowed to function without the push and pull of zealots on either side dictating outcomes before studies are even conducted,” he said. “Climate change, global warming or whatever you want to call it is not settled science. Let me make this clear…THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SETTLED SCIENCE…never was…never will be.”
The fact the survey is being funded by the National Science Foundation, a taxpayer funded government entity with an annual budget of over $6 billion is troubling as well. Science is about unbiased results and opinions and it would appear the NSF cannot be viewed as an honest broker, especially if it is funding a study by someone who clearly is far from unprejudiced.
Others were concerned that the AMS shared their personal contact information with someone outside the organization, something which obviously raises concerns of privacy violations. In the wake of the Climategate email scandal, this is not something that should be taken lightly.
Some meteorologists felt they could not be honest about their opinions that man is not the driving force behind the climate. They said by sharing their opinions in this matter, they could very well find their current and future employment threatened.
This is not the first time the AMS has found itself at the center of the debate about manmade climate change. In the wake of it bestowing its highest honor on climate alarmist Dr. James Hansen, one of its most prominent members, Dr. William Gray, said the group was being ‘hijacked’ by global warming alarmists.
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It was only two months ago that the AMS released the results of another survey it conducted that clearly showed much of its membership did not agree with the manmade climate change theory. When asked about the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) statement that “Most of the warming since 1950 is very likely human-induced,” a full 50% of respondents to that survey either disagreed or strongly disagreed.
Despite dissent amongst its own membership and contrary to its own statements, the AMS continues to pursue an activist agenda. In its Statement on the Freedom of Scientific Expression, the AMS says it believes in presenting research “objectively, professionally, and without sensationalizing or politicizing the associated impacts.” It is clear that is not the case.
Complete text of email sent to AMS, NWS and RTDNA members:
Dear AMS/NWA or RTDNA member,
I invite you to participate in a National Science Foundation-funded survey of TV meteorologists and news directors being conducted by George Mason University in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, and the Radio and Television Digital News Association. We are conducting this research to better understand TV meteorologists’ and news directors’ opinions about climate change, and how they cover the issue in their work.
We understand that climate change is a controversial issue among TV meteorologists and news directors. Our aim, therefore, is to have every member of your professional community participate in this survey so that we – and you – can have the fullest possible understanding of the range of opinions and actions among your peers.
To that end, everyone who completes the survey will receive a $30 Amazon.com gift coupon as a token of our appreciation, and a report that summarizes our findings. If you participate, it will take you about 20 minutes to complete the survey.
The survey will be conducted online; we will provide you (via email) with a web-link to the survey. All data collected in this study – including the names and contact information of people who choose to participate – will be treated with the strictest of confidence: your name will not be released, and your answers will be analyzed only in aggregate with those of all other participants.
No action on your part is required today. On Tuesday, January 12th, you will receive an email from us with a link to the survey. You may take the survey at your convenience – anytime between January 12th and January 28th – by clicking on the link in that email.
We hope that you will participate in this important research. Thank you for your consideration.
Ed Maibach, MPH, PhD
Professor and Director
George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication