Climate Change Editorial Gets Professor Fired From Think Tank

A professor who raised questions about the man-made climate change movement in relation to its impact on Africa was reportedly fired by a progressive think tank.

Caleb Rossiter, an adjunct professor at American University, was apparently sacked by the Institute for Policy Studies where he was an associate fellow just two days after publishing an OpEd piece in the Wall Street Journal called “Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change,” that also claimed that climate change is an “unproved science.”

Rossiter, a long-time progressive activist who stated in the editorial that he spent his entire career “on the foreign policy left,” questioned what he deemed the well-intentioned campaign for so-called climate justice. Explained Rossiter, in part:

And I oppose the campaign even more for trying to deny to Africans the reliable electricity — and thus the economic development and extended years of life — that fossil fuels can bring. The left wants to stop industrialization — even if the hypothesis of catastrophic, man-made global warming is false.”

The professor also assailed the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for seizing upon “dubious” climate change data and computer models to issue dire global warming warnings: “… even the IPCC acknowledges that the average global temperature today remains unchanged since 2000, and did not rise one degree as the models predicted… Even if the wildest claims about the current impact of fossil fuels on the environment and the models predicting the future impact all prove true and accurate, Africa should be exempted from global restraints as it seeks to modernize.”

Within two days of the publication, the progressive think tank, via email, fired the professor after a long-term affiliation for straying from the organization’s policy on climate science. Dr. Rossiter told Climate Depot what happened after his views surfaced in the WSJ:

If people ever say that fears of censorship for ‘climate change’ views are overblown, have them take a look at this: Just two days after I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for Africa to be allowed the ‘all of the above’ energy strategy we have in the U.S., the Institute for Policy Studies terminated my 23-year relationship with them… because my analysis and theirs ‘diverge.’ I have tried to get [IPS] to discuss and explain their rejection of my analysis. When I countered a claim of ‘rapidly accelerating’ temperature change with the [UN] IPCC’s own data’, showing the nearly 20-year temperature pause –the best response I ever got was ‘Caleb, I don’t have time for this.'”

Last month, a renowned Swedish meteorologist/climatologist resigned from the board of a global warming-skeptical think tank because he was harassed by climate change advocates.

Do you think the climate change movement is engaging in censorship of those scientists and policy analysts who don’t necessarily buy into the prevailing global warming consensus?

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