Seldom does anything happen in Oregon. And when it does, it’s always ridiculous, uninteresting or otherwise just plain weird. We recently had a man contract the bubonic plague from a cat. See what I mean? But I’ll take weird over infuriating any day.
Oregon State University Chemistry Professor Nicholas Drapela has been fired from his teaching position that he has held for ten years with absolutely no reason given. His termination comes after he has voiced his skepticism regarding man-made global warming.
Drapela has a 4.3/5 rating on ratemyprofessors.com (a very good rating considering the difficulty of the subject), has published several textbooks, is a senior instructor and has received the Loyd F. Carter award for his exemplary teaching abilities. To Drapela’s knowledge, he has not been linked to any wrongdoing, and his termination does not appear to be from budgetary considerations, as the chemistry department has announced on its website the hiring of four new professors for the 2012-2013 year. On paper, Drapela seems quite adequate to keep the job he has held for the last ten years. So, the question remains, why was he fired?
Drapela doesn’t know:
“The fact of the matter is that it is now two weeks since I was fired and no one has had the cajones or the common courtesy to even tell me why. I have spoken with the Dept. Chair (Rich Carter) who fired me, and he refused to tell me why. I spoke to the Dean of Science (Vince Remcho) and he couldn’t tell me why. I spoke to HR who set up a meeting with me, then cancelled it an hour before. Then I went to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (Becky Warner) and she sent me back to Rich Carter, the chemistry chair.”
Drapela, who has four kids, one of which has a rare blood disorder, has recently purchased a house. He was given no severance and was not granted the traditional courtesy of allowing him to finish out the term so that he may look for another position. In fact, according to Drapela, he was lured to the department chair’s office with a fallacious story and was asked for his office key.
Dr. Gordon Fulks, a fellow anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) skeptic, claims Drapela’s dismissal was as a direct result of his stance on AGW. Drapela began giving talks and voicing his critiques of the science behind AGW in 2007. Such critiques often cite the large amount of grant money afforded to institutions to promote global warming “science”. True scientists like Fulks, who has never accepted a dime to promote or oppose any theory, claims in an open letter that an agenda has no place in scientific discovery:
“Under those currently in charge, OSU climate research has grown to be a huge business, reportedly $90 million per year with no real deliverables beyond solid academic support for climate hysteria. A small army of researchers ponder the effects of Global Warming on all sorts of things from tube worms living along the Oregon Coast to butterflies inland. When the climate refuses to warm (as it has for the last twenty years), they just study ‘warming in reverse!’ Most of us call that “cooling,” but they are very careful not to upset their Obama administration contract monitors with politically incorrect terminology.”
Despite being a blue state, Oregon is fairly conservative, with Eugene, Ashland and Portland leading the way in liberal politics. To be frank, I halfway expect this kind of thing from the University of Oregon, my liberal Alma Mater; but Corvallis, where OSU resides, is known for being fairly conservative. That is why this cerebral bullying is so alarming; as we may roll our eyes at this kind of hypocrisy at Berkeley, we accept that Newspeak is taught there and free thought is not welcomed. With a conservative state school in Oregon falling victim to this kind of academic fascism, we now realize that no place is safe to attend that won’t function as an indoctrination center. Indeed, the war has come to our doorstep. Luckily, we can help stop it.
More than simply complaining, I suggest we do what the liberals fear most; I suggest we educate ourselves in the very subjects they aim to restrict. Furthermore, I saw we call out hypocrisy when we see it.
To educate yourself, please view Dr. Drapela’s PowerPoint presentation on Anthropogenic Global Warming.
To find out more about academic freedom, please visit Students for Academic Freedom, an organization created by David Horowitz to combat indoctrination on campuses.