I had a college dormmate once who told everyone he knew that he was some sort of British royal - the "Seventeenth Duke of Sussex" or somesuchthing. We were freshmen, and a bunch of us believed him for a while. But just because he thought he was a "Lord Protector of the Crown" didn't make it so.
That guy was a troubled kid away from home for the first time. But George Taylor is an adult, and he should know better. You shouldn't go around calling yourself the "state climatologist" unless you're actually the state's official climatologist.
Here's the thing: The Oregon Legislature abolished the position in 1989. But that hasn't stopped George Taylor, who spouts crazy global-warming-denial BS from his post at Oregon State, from calling himself that.
The governor last week questioned whether Taylor can legitimately call himself state climatologist since the position is not officially authorized in state law. "He's not the state climatologist," the governor said. "I never appointed him. I think I would know. He's not my weatherman."
Of course, it appears that Oregon State has bestowed the title upon him, despite the lack of any statutory authority to do so.
So... calling all legislators. Can we get a little one-liner tucked into some budget language somewhere? Maybe something like, "No state agency or state university shall bestow the title of 'state climatologist' unless such title is specifically authorized by statute."
Please? We can't stop the crazy people from spouting their weird theories, but they shouldn't go around pretending to have titles.
Or maybe I'll just appoint myself the State Blogger. And Lord Protector of the Internet Tubes.
Update: You can see George Taylor in action, debating the official Washington state climatologist at OMSI - free and open to the public - at 7 p.m. tonight.