I am a meteorology professor at Suffolk County Community College and have been teaching for 25 years (four of those at Pennsylvania State University).
The science is clear to me and to most experts in the various fields associated with climate science: Humans are causing most of the observed global warming in the past several decades and, if we continue emitting heat-trapping GHGs such as carbon dioxide under a “business as usual” scenario, it will become increasingly difficult and costly to adapt to the changes that are likely to occur.
As a parent of two small children, I do not wish to see them nor their children grow up in a world where billions of people may suffer due to the ignorance of those before them. After reading Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum’s book Unscientific America it dawned on me that the message from the scientific experts was not reaching the masses. It has become a central mission in my life to bring the science from the journals into the hands of the general public. For this reason, I co-founded the Climate Science Rapid Response Team (CSRRT) with Drs. John Abraham and Ray Weymann. CSRRT is a match-making service between top scientists and members of the media and office holders and their staffs from various levels of government.
Scientific research has brought us amazing advancements in technology, medicine, and in our basic understanding of the planet. Over the last twenty years, a small handful of politically-motivated think tanks and legal foundations, because they disliked certain scientific findings, have taken legal action against scientific institutions and individual scientists. In recent years, the legal attacks have intensified, especially against climate scientists. For this reason, I co-founded (along with Joshua Wolfe) the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund to protect the scientific endeavor.
In case you are wondering, I am a registered Independent.