New DENR Secretary urged senior staff to consider attending presentation by climate change denier
Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies has an excellent story this morning about yesterday’s through-the-looking-glass “science” lecture at the General Assembly by self-appointed climate expert John Droz.
As Sturgis reports:
His [Droz's] slideshow presentation, titled “The Assault on Science,” was a compilation of claims purporting to show that science is in danger from a hostile conspiracy involving the scientific elite, environmentalists, educators, and the media — but his own sources were rather unscientific, to say the least.
Among the publications Droz cited to make his case were Whistleblower, the monthly magazine companion of WorldNetDaily, a website that promotes conspiracy theories about topics such as President Obama’s citizenship; Quadrant, a conservative Australian magazine that was involved in a scandal over publishing fraudulent science; and the Institute for Creation Research, a Texas outfit that rejects evolution and promotes Biblical creationism and the notion that “All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the Creation Week.”
Perhaps the most important and disturbing part of Sturgis’ story, however, was this paragraph that appeared near the end:
“Though Droz’s Feb. 6 talk in the North Carolina legislative auditorium was sparsely attended, there were a number of high-level staff there from the state Department of Energy and Natural Resources. But that may be because Secretary John Skvarla — an attorney and businessman who rejects the idea that there is scientific consensus around global warming and questions whether oil is a finite resource — had his office send out an email last week inviting division directors and senior management to consider attending.” (Emphasis supplied).
You got that? The top environmental protection official in North Carolina government urged senior staffers to take time out of their day to listen to the ravings a troubled crank.
What’s next for the McCrory Administration? A new child care director who tweets homophobic epithets at the U.S. Secretary of State and calls expanded health care for people in need “enslavement”?