In Laurie David’s great new quick read book, The Solution is you! , she pens a letter to the University of Virginia regarding Pat “the coalman” Michaels:
To: University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences
Numerous media outlets reported that one of your professors, Dr. Patrick Michaels , has accepted upwards of $150,000 from coal interests and coal-burning electric utility companies for his advocacy against the overwhelming consenus on global warming.
Is this solicitation of funds from industries that pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases in line with the university’s mission?
Is it your policy to allow your science professors to openly solicit and then accept industry funds to promote a viewpoint that is in conflict with the vast majority of the worldwide scientific community?
Clearly, a conflict of interest such as this deserves immediate attention and a swift repsonse. On behalf of the students at the University of Virginia and the questionable future that global warming holds for them, nothing short of his resignation will do.
Given the coal industry’s deep pockets to continue funding lies while record heat waves sweep the country, I’m quite certain Michaels will have no problem finding a job within that industry.
(Man, I wish I had written this letter! As a second-best, DeSmog will be doing it’s own letter to the University of Virginia and I hope you will too).
If you need the address or the fax number for the University, here you go:
Department of Environmental Sciences University of Virginia,
Clark Hall 291 McCormick Rd PO Box 400123 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123