Climatologist Judith Curry is quitting her job at Georgia Tech because she can’t handle the “craziness” of politics in her field.
“I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the craziness in the field of climate science,” she wrote on her blog Climate, etc.
Curry complains that today’s research is driven by a “politicized academic establishment” that forces scientists into a “battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide.”
Curry is a known critic of the belief that man-made climate change is pushing us towards catastrophe. She has been branded as “anti-science” by fellow researchers for pointing out the deficiencies in climate change modeling.
When asked if mankind has contributed to rising temperatures over the past 50 years or so, Curry told Fox News: “My interpretation of the evidence is that we really can’t tell. And I don’t see a clear signal that it’s being caused by humans predominantly.”
Curry says she has been “vilified” by her colleagues for this point of view. “In the university environment I just felt like I was beating my head against the wall and not being effective.”
Curry will continue to write on her blog after she retires from Georgia Tech. “At this point, the private sector seems like a more ‘honest’ place for a scientist working in a politicized field than universities or government labs – at least when you are your own boss,” she said.