WRAL Meteorologist Calls for an End to Climate Debate, Leaves Republican Party
As the chief meteorologist at WRAL in Raleigh, Greg Fishel is considered an expert in his field, and as such, has become sickened by the nature of the climate change debate in political arenas. Fishel says ideology is getting the way of science, and that's why he chose to leave the Republican party. When it comes to science, ideology should not take the place of evidence, but only 27% of conservative officials admit to the reality of global climate change. Fishel says he once had his doubts, but after reviewing the evidence found that good, true science pointed undoubtedly to global warming and humanity's role in it.
There is overwhelming agreement within the scientific community, backed by multiple lines of evidence, that human activities are causing the climate to warm. Yet only 27 percent of Republicans agree, according to a July survey from the Pew Research Center.
Republican presidential candidates are decidedly mixed on their acceptance of the link between warming and human activities.
Over the weekend he penned a stirring commentary railing against the partisan divisiveness in climate change discussions and disregard for the science.
Fishel said in an email message that due to overall state of party politics, after 30 years, he is no longer a Republican and considers himself unaffiliated.
Fishel’s essay lays out the scientific case for manmade warming, starting by debunking one of the most oft-repeated myths that the sun is behind the recent warming trend:
If it were the sun, the entire atmosphere would be warming, but it’s not. The troposphere, where most of the weather occurs, is warming up, and the stratosphere is cooling. This is all part of the radiative adjustments that are taking place because of what man is doing to the composition of our atmosphere.
He pleads with readers to set aside their biases and swallow their pride in scientific discussions.
Fishel was once skeptical of manmade contributions to warming himself. But after after spending many hours reading scientific papers and talking to climate scientists, changed positions.