Break out the airbrushes, comrades! Professor Norgaard has been spotted!
CNS, “Call For Climate Skeptics To Be ‘Treated’ Removed From University’s Press Statement”:
Back in March, environment and sociology Prof. Kari Norgaard’s press statement on the University of Oregon’s website said that skeptics of the man-made global warming theory should be “treated” for their skepticism.
But, now that a story about the comment has gained nation media attention after being posted on The Drudge Report last week, the statement has been changed to delete the call for climate skeptics to be given treatment for their beliefs.
As originallyposted (and reported by the States News Service, March 26, 2012), the press statement, “Simultaneous action needed to break cultural inertia in climate-change response,” read:
“Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized and treated before real action can be taken to effectively address threats facing the planet from human-caused contributions to climate change.”
Today, however, the release on the university’s website now reads:
“Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized before real action can be taken to effectively address threats facing the planet from human-caused contributions to climate change.”
Note that “and treated” has been removed. Now, “resistance” must simply be “recognized.”
According to Jim Barlow, director of science and research communications, University of Oregon, the original wording was changed because a “play on words” was being misconstrued by a bunch of silly alarmists looking to make political hay out of what is, properly, a serious scientific investigation — into what makes crazed deniers tick, and ways to remedy that social blight — and now with the revision, we can all return to a discussion of the “science” instead of focusing on what it is Professor Norgaard might have in store for deniers had they been kept unaware of her recommendations for how to fix them.
So, you see, it’s all good.