George Taylor, the fake "state climatologist", is gone.

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George Taylor has announced his retirement, according to the AP.

The Oregon weather expert stripped of a title last year because his views on global warming collided with those of Gov. Ted Kulongoski is retiring.

George Taylor, who heads the Oregon Climate Service, had been widely known as the state climatologist since 1991.

Technically, however, the position was discontinued along with federal funding in the late 1980s. The state-funded climate service tracks weather and generates maps from its offices at Oregon State University.

In February 2007, Kulongoski asked OSU's president to stop Taylor from calling himself the state climatologist because of Taylor's skeptical stance on global warming.

Just to recap, this whole "state climatologist" business was a huge national story that was covered extensively on BlueOregon a year ago.

For ol' times sake, here are the posts:

Taylor says he's leaving under his own steam.

"I'm walking out voluntarily -- it's good timing for me," Taylor said. "I'm going out willingly."

Well, George, as you ride off into the sunset, be careful not to buy any beachfront property. Never know what's going to happen to the sea level.

Wherever you land, maybe you can find another title to give yourself.

  • GLV (unverified)

    If you ever saw the man speak, you would know that he doesn't deny global warming at all, he just questions whether man is the sole cause. And pretty convincingly too, if you can bother to actually listen.

  • StateBullCrapArtist (unverified)

    Well, as the Official* State Bullcrap Artist, I would like to offer a tip-o-the hat to the right honorable George Taylor.

    His sound bites formed wholly detached from any basis in scholarly research have been remarkably well picked up by the local media and served to amuse and distract many of us - a service he provided free of charge!

    (As long as you don't mind the fine minds of OSU paying him for his services! Go Beaves!)

    His tireless work to distract the public with his loud-mouthed conjecture buoyed by the false pretense as to him having any position of authority was a gift all of us especially who appreciate satire, comedy and short fiction generally.

    Three cheers for George Taylor!

    You've done a helluva job, Georgie!

  • Gold Member (unverified)

    I am donating $500 to the Hillary Clinton campaign as a result of this event!

    We need experience in the WHITE house and we need to stop GLOBAL WARMING!!

    Sell your SUV and buy a BIKE!

    Stop KILLING and EATING animals!

  • Joanne Rigutto (unverified)

    Gold Member,

    Right, go ahead and donate $500 to Hillary if you like swine and poultry CAFOs, cattle feedlots and plenty of international trade as well as the National Animal ID System (NAIS), a federal/state/public/private partnership that will harmonize livestock sanitary standards enhancing international trade in livestock and animal products. Hillary's ag policy person is the former head of a large pork producer organization and Hillary made the statement regarding the recent beef recall from the slaughter house in California that she would push for full implementation of the NAIS.

    If you like Real ID, you're going to love this. More markets for large producers but lots of movement reporting and surveillance for anyone owning even a small (make that one or more) number of livestock, poultry, or any other kind of farm critter.

    That's just the kind of person I want in the White House.

  • (Show?)

    GLV... the problem wasn't that he was a skeptic. That's just fine. It's that he was going around calling himself the "state climatologist" when he was no such thing.

  • Steve (unverified)

    God forbid if anyone should disagree with the official party line scientific theory. Welcome to the flat earth society lemmings! Keep up the personal attacks - very scientific.

  • oregonj (unverified)

    George is a respected meteorologist, not a climatologist. That's fine.

    George can present his opinion on the global climate crisis and defend it using all of the data I have seen him use. That's fine.

    George can defend his position using no peer-reviewed studies and in the face of 100's of peer-reviewed studeis that come to quite different conclusions. That's fine.

    He can even take money from fossil fuel industry funded sources to advocate his position. That's fine.

    But he also deliberately and consistently claimed to be the State Climatologist - which he was not. That is a real problem - and Oregon deserves better than that.

  • lin qiao (unverified)

    An interview with George Taylor was broadcast on OPB radio on Friday morning. He is taking a consulting job, I believe: something where he can apply his skills to practical projects. He insisted he had not been pressured to leave his job at OSU. Kinda sounded like the mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet, actually.

  • Steve (unverified)

    I wonder why you never seem to get the truth on this issue? Is it your bias, faith or what?

    Taylor has held the title of "state climatologist" since 1991 when the legislature created a state climate office at OSU The university created the job title, not the state.

    And not Taylor.

    So the truth is the "STATE" legislature created the "STATE" climate office. That "STATE" climate office created the job title of "STATE climatologist".

    Again it was not Taylor.

    And most importantly if Taylor were a fellow drone went along with the Global Warming hoax he would still be the STATE climatologist and you would be referring to his expertise instead of attacking him.

    Taylor's presentation is comprehensive and sound science. Quite impressive actually. And he is not alone. Far from it. There is a growing body of experts and science opposing your unwavering beliefs.

    However is seems none of you are interested?

    Why is that?

  • gawd (unverified)

    Steve writes "Taylor's presentation is comprehensive and sound science. Quite impressive actually. And he is not alone. Far from it. There is a growing body of experts and science opposing your unwavering beliefs.

    However is seems none of you are interested?

    Why is that?"

    I'm interested. Please show evidence of the growing body of experts that you cite and the empirical evidence they have.

  • Steve (unverified)

    gawd, If you are interested why have you not seen any of it to date? Only here right now have you run across any mention of it?

    And only now right here you must be provided what is growing and readily available by anyone with a computer and google? And that which has been posted on every thread right here?

    Now you ask to start over under your notion that you haven't seen any of it?

    And after it gets posted then what?

    It will be a repeated misrepresentation of it's content and expertice just as Taylor is repeatedly mischaracterized as appointing himself the state climatologist. He did not create his title?

    So why no comment about that correction. Doesn't it mean anything that he has been wrongly attacked?

  • oregonj (unverified)

    George Taylor was not the State Climatologist.

    Here is what Mark Floyd of OSU has said:

    "The Office of the State Climatologist was eliminated in 1989 ."

    "..the department head in atmospheric science at that time requested to OSU that Taylor’s title be changed from meteorologist to state climatologist."

    So a department head at one of Oregon's 7 universities on his own created a title that he was not authorized to create, and went ahead and created it anyhow. Using an unauthorized title, Taylor knowingly and against the direction of the Governor continued forth.

    And the Legislature has since determined that the head of the new Climate Change Research Institute will be the State Climatologist. The self-proclaimed title at OSU has no bearing whatsoever.

    Between 1989 and 2008, Oregon did not have a State Climatologist. But it did have a George Taylor.

  • Harry (unverified)
    <h2>Kari, if you had stones larger than mice nuts, you would post this as it's own post. But you didn't, so I post it here:</h2>

    Setting the record straight

    By now you’ve probably heard the news. After nearly 19 years at OSU, I’m retiring.

    Unfortunately, some things being said (and written) about me are either inaccurate or misleading, so I’m going to take this opportunity to set the record straight.

    “Taylor calls himself the state climatologist.”

    Yes, and I call myself George, because that’s what my parents named me. And in 1991, Steve Esbensen, chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department at OSU, appointed me as State Climatologist.

    Originally, the SC position was a federal one, but those were eliminated in 1973. States were urged to appoint their own SC, and Oregon did so in 1978. As in the case of most SC programs, Oregon’s position was a faculty appointment at the land grant university. Very few were appointed by governors. Larry Gates, Allan Murphy and Kelly Redmond preceded me as SC at OSU. I arrived here in 1989, when Kelly left. In 1991, when the SC received state funding for the first time, Steve appointed me.

    By the way, George Keller of OSU and legislators Cliff Trow and Tony Van Vliet were instrumental in getting funding for the office. Senator Trow sponsored the funding bill.

    “Taylor doesn’t believe in global warming.”

    Sure I do, and global cooling as well. Climate varies all the time, on a variety of time scales.

    I believe that climate changes as a result of a combination of natural variations and human effects (including, but not limited to, greenhouse gases). But in my opinion, past changes in climate (in Oregon and elsewhere) are more consistent with natural variations than with increases in greenhouse gases.

    That doesn’t mean things won’t change in the future. That doesn’t mean we “shouldn’t do anything.” But based on looking at climate data for many years, I am convinced that the effects of things like tropical Pacific ocean conditions and solar radiation has dominated our climate, at least in the Northwest.

    “Taylor was probably asked to resign.”

    Nope. I’m leaving on my own, and the decision was mine (in consultation with my wife, Cindy, of course). Here’s why:

    1. In 2003, I was diagnosed with cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation followed. Also baldness (temporarily). Things look great now. But cancer really got my attention!

    2. Last summer I turned 60. That got my attention, as well.

    I started wondering “shall I keep doing what I’m doing, or do something else for the rest of my career?” I decided on the latter.

    I’m going to start a small consulting business. Initially, at least, I’ll focus primarily on a type of storm analysis called “Probable Maximum Precipitation” (PMP).

    PMP is required whenever a dam or large water containment structure is built or relicensed. PMP helps determine the maximum flood that might be expected, and this in turn determines how big and strong the dam needs to be. A very important application of weather and climate, for sure, and not many scientists are qualified to assess PMP. That will probably keep me busy.

    And I’m hoping for other new and interesting pursuits. I may be retiring from OSU, but not from weather and climate studies.

    And MVS Editor Hasso Hering has invited me to continue writing my bi-weekly columns, something I have very much enjoyed.

    It’s been a fun ride, but I’m not going to stop riding. I’m just going to get on a different horse.

    George Taylor manages the Oregon Climate Service at OSU. He can be reached at [email protected].

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