NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


May 15, 2007

University of Washington climate scientist Mark Albright was recently dismissed from his position as associate state climatologist, just weeks after exposing false claims of shrinking glaciers in the Cascade Mountains, says James M. Taylor, managing editor of Environment and Climate News.

According to Albright:

  • At most, according to reliable datasets, the Cascade Mountains snow pack declined by 35 percent between 1950 and 2000.
  • Moreover, even that number is misleading; Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (D) and other global warming alarmists deliberately choose 1950 as the "baseline" for Cascade Mountains snow pack because 1950 was a year of abnormally heavy snowfall resulting in an uncharacteristically extensive snow pack.
  • The current snow pack is only marginally lower than the long-term average since 1943; moreover, the Cascade Mountains snow pack has been growing since the late 1970s.

Despite being vindicated by subsequent research, Albright was told he would have to submit any emails connected with his associate state climatologist position to another scientist for pre-approval prior to distribution, says Taylor.  When Albright refused, he was stripped of his associate state climatologist title.

"Anytime politics intrudes on science, science is degraded and society as a whole is the loser," said H. Sterling Burnett, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. "That is why the whole global warming issue is a mess right now.  Scientists have not reached a scientific conclusion yet, but the politicians want to jump the gun and be seen as saviors on the issue.  This is a recipe for disaster."

Source: James M. Taylor, "Associate State Climatologist Fired for Exposing Warming Myths," Environment and Climate News, Heartland Institute, June 1, 2007.


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