Over on cvillenews.com, Charlottesville City Councilor Kevin Lynch has provided a pair of articles resulting from his investigation into Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels. The man’s been in the news recently for the revelation that he’s been soliciting contributions from power companies, a funny coincidence given that he’s also the only State Climatologist who doesn’t believe that global climate change exists. (Though Michaels has never managed to publish a paper demonstrating this.)
Kevin’s investigation has revealed that, in all likelihood, Michaels is not, in fact, State Climatologist. Michaels was named “acting” State Climatologist by Gov. Godwin in 1977 and was never reappointed, but he’s been claiming to be State Climatologist ever since, drawing $2.5M in taxpayer money in that time. In the second article in his two-part series, Kevin disassembles claims that it’s appropriate for Michaels to accept money from power companies, demonstrating that doing so is in direct violation of the conflict-of-interest policies that govern his employment.
Presumably the governor’s office just needs to point out that he’s not actually the Virginia State Climatologist and, boom, problem’s solved. Getting Michaels canned would be an enormous victory for science and a tremendous body blow to the anti-science forces in this nation. Get on the stick, guys — there’s no reason why this guy should have a job on Monday morning.