This morning, the Santa Fe New Mexican published an opinion piece I wrote, in which I pointed out that Harrison “Jack” Schmitt–the self described global warming “denier” who has been appointed to a cabinet position by New Mexico’s new governor–is involved with the Heartland Institute.
Here’s what I said about Heartland:
“The authors of Heartland Institute publications, including Schmitt, refuse to play by the rules of science, which include integrity, honesty, and peer review. Heartland does no research, but generates reports containing, among other things, fabricated temperature data and doctored graphs that are intended to undermine evidence-based science.”
Here’s what I said about deniers of human-caused climate change:
“Because they can’t win an actual scientific debate based on facts, they have resorted to making stuff up and smearing honest scientists.”
As if on queue, Heartland Intitute’s hired gun, James M. Taylor, quickly made some stuff up to smear me in an article he wrote for their “Global Warming Facts” blog entitled “Physics Hoaxster Spews Hateful Rhetoric Against Climate Scientists.”
[Note: Mr. Taylor has now changed the title due to my tongue-in-cheek shock and objection to the wrong classification of my Alabama Pi hoax, which he didn’t recognize as an attempt at comic relief. His reaction is consistent with a someone who thinks the best description for my famous April Fool’s joke is, “inventing an Internet hoax lying about laws passed by the Alabama state legislature.”]
Here is the first sentence of Taylor’s article:
“Mark Boslough, a non-Ph.D. physicist with no formal training in climate science, published a hateful and vitriolic editorial in the January 24 Santa Fe New Mexican smearing climate science professors and researchers at some of the world’s most prestigious science institutions by accusing them of dishonesty simply because they disagree with Boslough’s own pet theories regarding global warming.”
Frankly, I’m shocked that Taylor characterizes me as a “physics hoaxter,” It is very a well-known fact I am actually a mathematics hoaxter. Presumably Mr. Taylor got his information about my hoaxes from an earlier story in the New Mexican called, “Sandia labs prankster unleashed cyberstorm of laughs.”
According to that story, ‘Boslough just couldn’t help himself with that one, which he let loose on cyberspace back in 1998 — he said he just had to spread the word about Alabama legislators trying to change pi, an infinite number that begins with 3.14159, to the more “biblical value” of 3.0.’
It really doesn’t bother me that Mr. Taylor refuses to recognize my Ph.D., and calls me “Mr.” After nearly 30 years, I’m pretty secure in the academic credentials I earned. I don’t even mind that he expunged the graduate transcripts showing my formal climate science curriculum.
But it’s insulting that he calls me a “physics hoaxter” when my hoax was clearly about mathematics!
With respect to being hateful, my philosophy about hoaxes was also reported in the New Mexican two years ago:
‘”I do have some rules for hoaxes,” Boslough said. “Don’t be mean, don’t humiliate people — you want them to laugh.’
The Heartland Institute has a different approach. Their hoaxes, like their phony and defamatory “climategate” claims about Michael Mann, Kevin Trenberth, and Phil Jones, are intended to be mean and to humiliate people.
I don’t think it was intentional, but James M. Taylor got one component right. His hoax made me laugh.
Note: Mr. Taylor has now edited his original article without comment, removing his statement that I am a “non-Ph.D. physicist.” Here’s a link to his comment on the SF New Mexican web site, in which he makes the same false claim. Notably, he doesn’t reveal that the Heartland Institute pays him to lead their well-funded smear campaign against mainstream scientists.