The news of distinguished Swedish meteorology professor and former director of the renowned Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, Lennart Bengtsson, resigning from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) advisory board just days after having joined it has spread through the blogosphere like wildfire.
Psychological torment seems to be at play.
His resignation in the face of intolerance will surely prompt harsh reactions from some elements of the mainstream media globally in the days ahead. Bengtsson cites “enormous world-wide pressure” and “enormous group pressure” that threaten his “health and safety“. His resignation further underscores a growing, closed-minded zealotry that is embedding itself within the climate science community which is resembling more and more a cult.
Warning signs of psychological aggression appeared early on. For example climate physicist and alarmist Georg Hoffmann paralleled the GWPF to the Ku Klux Klan, simply because they hold a skeptical view on global warming science rather than embracing it as a religion.
At Climate Audit Steve McIntyre writes of “more shameful conduct by the climate ‘community’“. McIntyre adds that scientists like Bengtsson are precisely the “people that the climate ‘community’ should be trying to persuade“, and not run out of town with hounds. He compares the action by the climate science community to a “fatwa“.
A number of readers at Klimazwiebel have reacted harshly as well.
Welcome to reality.
But that grown men would so marginalize and stigmatize a respected colleague Lennart Bengtsson to that extent that he has to fear for his health, that I would have never expected and simply makes me speechless.”
6 This is the final verdict about the morality of the experts: moral dictatorship.”
The question is if part of the scientific community will support Lennart in his right to speak out (without necessarily supporting his judgment).”
I am sorry to see he is withdrawing, but such is the climate science religion. No questioning is tolerated. Not even working with people who are questioning. It really is disgusting.”
The main problem here is not that people have strong views or call people names. It is that the elite in this community – including scientists, journalists, politicians — have endorsed the climate mccarthyism campaign, and are often its most vigorous participants.”
Whether or not someone wishes to work on a study should be only dependent on the study itself., and not on the political views of the co-authors.”
Benny Peiser, on behalf of the GWPF:
The Foundation, while of course respecting Professor Bengtsson’s decision, notes with deep concern the disgraceful intolerance within the climate science community which has prompted his resignation.”