a German physicist, Rupert Darwall, likened the reaction to Bengtsson’s decision to join the foundation advisory board to the reaction of someone joining the KKK.
“In their persecution of an aged colleague who stepped out of line and their call for scientists to be subject to a faith test, 21st-century climate scientists have shown less tolerance than a 16th-century monarch. There is something rotten in the state of climate science
,” said Darwall.
Another expert, Judith Curry, said such disgraceful behavior “has the potential to do as much harm to climate science as did the Climategate emails.”
The emails, hacked from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit several years ago, showed climate scientists admitting that there was no sudden spike in global warming and exposed their frantic efforts to cover up evidence
Bengtsson is a former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, and author of more than 200 papers.
In Bengtsson’s letter of resignation, he said: “If this [pressure] is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. I see therefore no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF.
“I had not expected such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life,” he said.
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