University freaks about skeptical scientist’s talk on campus: Declare talk to be ‘disservice’; ‘potentially harmful’; ‘unfortunate’ – Lament there was not a panel of 4 or 5 warmists to rebut him
Former Delaware State Climatologist Dr. David Legates met with terror by warmist faculty that he was allowed to speak!
'I think it was unfortunate to bring in only one speaker and have it be such a minority view,' said Brian Fath, a professor in the department of biological sciences.
'Doctor Legates does not represent what the majority of the scientific community who study climate change thinks,' Joel Moore, an assistant professor in the department of geosciences, said.
Thompson said that she was met with pushback from Towson faculty when she announced that Legates would be coming to campus. Some of the immediate reaction she received was concern that there would be no rebuttal to what Legates was saying.
Both Fath and Moore said in interviews that they would have liked to see some sort of panel or rebuttal during the event. Moore suggested a panel that accurately represented the scientific community. “So maybe four or five people who study different aspects of climate change, and then Legates,” Moore said.
Some Towson faculty thought his message was potentially harmful because of the viewpoint it presented.
Fath said he thought that without “perspective and context” Legates’ message could potentially misinform students. Fath was not alone in his concern. Moore said that Legates’ message could be a “disservice” to students and members of the community who don’t have a strong background in and an understanding of Earth’s climate.
Fath was at the lecture Thursday night and was one of a handful of TU faculty who challenged what Legates was saying at the end of his talk.
Legates shared data and other evidence that, according to him, show that the scientific community is wrong and misguided about anthropogenic climate change.
“My concern is that carbon dioxide is not the main player in climate change,” Legates said. “It’s probably only a bit [of a] player.”
During his talk, he went through examples that he said did not see a strong relationship between human activity and a changing climate.