Presentation on theme: "The Formulation and Presentation of a Statement on Climate Change for Oklahoma Gary McManus Assistant State Climatologist."— Presentation transcript:
The Formulation and Presentation of a Statement on Climate Change for Oklahoma Gary McManus Assistant State Climatologist
Or…How To Take A Chance On Career Suicide
A little background OCS has four climatologists on staff: Dr. Ken Crawford, State Climatologist and Director of OCS Dr. Mark Shafer, Director of Climate Services Deke Arndt, Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus, Assistant State Climatologist
First we were afraid, we were petrified… When faced with questions about climate change…
Why the fear?
Introducing Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe! I called the threat of catastrophic global warming the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.
It gets better…other gems from Senator Inhofe Compared environmentalists to Nazis o Climate change science = the Big Lie Compared the EPA to the Gestapo Compared An Inconvenient Truth to Mein Kampf Claimed global warming was a hoax perpetrated by The Weather Channel for bigger ratings
Senator Inhofe was re-elected by a 14 point margin in 2002
More and more requests for information – public, media and other state agencies Its why our office was created o OCS has a legislative mandate to:...acquire, archive, process, and disseminate... all climate and weather information which is or could be of value to policy and decision makers in the state." The worry of non-scientists getting the first crack at educating our citizens and decision-makers Frankly, we didnt want to get left in the dust (pardon the pun) – the chance for a collaboration with Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the states water plan paved the way Why produce a statement?
In case of GOVERNOR Inhofe... I, Gary McManus, disavow any knowledge of any climate change statement prepared or released by the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
Production of the statement Based on the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC One sheet, front and back (easily readable) Concentrate on the scientific basis Edited by scientists at OCS Edited and bullet-proofed by IPCC author Dr. David Karoly – an IPCC lead author Stay away from mitigation (for now) No alarming statements First in a series – collaborations to come
Collaborations OWRB Oklahoma Corporation Commission Oklahoma Department of Forestry Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Governors Office Oklahoma Insurance Department
After dozens and dozens of talks, experiences have been mostly good My first time out, National Conversation on Climate Change sponsored by Yale, at Tulsa U. Law School: o The mayor of Tulsa, a climatologist and a woman in a polar bear suit walked into the University of Tulsa's College of Law on Friday afternoon… -- Tulsa World (OK) - October 6, 2007. My last talk to the Oklahoma Association of Aerial Sprayers: o You people make me sick!
Our fears were mostly unfounded From our experience, the people and decision-makers of Oklahoma are genuinely concerned about climate change and climate variability Poll numbers show a majority of Oklahomans disagree with Inhofes views on global warming
Set apart what we want to emphasize
Once again, set apart to emphasize…this time impacts for Oklahoma Brazenly stolen from a Manitoba document
You can find our climate change statement at: http://climate.ok.gov/ Thank you!