A scientist is facing criminal charges after he released a glacier survey that has enraged liberal activists in Argentina.
An Argentinian federal judge charged Ricardo Villalba of the Institute of Snow, Ice and Environmental Research with “abusing his authority and violating his duty as a civil servant,” according to Nature.com.
Environmentalists are suing Villalba for a 2011 glacier survey that“did not comply with a law enacted in 2010 that was designed to give extra protections to Argentina’s glaciers,” the report reads.
Let’s go over that again – the scientific study did not validate the government’s law stipulating what all scientists’ findings should be…in advance!
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“There was no intention to favor mining companies,” Villalba told ScienceInsider. “No Argentinian institution has done more to safeguard and protect glaciers than IANIGLA.”
Villalba’s survey included glaciers of one hectare, about 2.5 acres, or larger, that is the international scientific standard for such surveys. Scientists do this to reduce the risk of counting short-lasting snow and ice.
“It’s surreal and kind of ridiculous,” Bruce Raup, a glaciologist at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, told Nature.com. Raup co-authored a letter supporting Villalba.
“This is dangerous,” Etienne Berthier, a French glaciologist, told ScienceInsider. “A highly detrimental result could be that scientists would stop expressing themselves in public at a time where their expertise is more and more needed.”
The next time a Democrat waves that “98% of scientists” claim in your face over global warming, tell them yes…98% of scientists around the world are scared of being persecuted by fascists!
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