Heavens. A British “Climategate” scientist insults an American critic on live television and now half the known universe knows, thanks to YouTube. Indeed, University of East Anglia climate professor Andrew Watson called ClimateDepot.com writer Marc Morano something rude that begins with the letter “a” as the pair sparred during a BBC news show.
Mr. Watson is among those British scientists whose errant e-mails spawned Climategate. Mr. Morano — a detail guy with considerable inner mettle — did not abandon his civility, nor did he respond by calling Mr. Watson a name that begins with “a” — or even “b.” Hey, Mr. Morano maintained a nice, clean environment.
“The poor professor was beside himself attempting to spin away one of the greatest scientific scandals of our age,” Mr. Morano tells Inside the Beltway. “Watson seemed unable to fathom that a civilian would question his selfserving defense of the global warming establishment.”
He adds, “But Watson’s claim that Climategate is much ado about nothing is by far the most offensive thing he said during the debate.”
See the moment in question r ight here: www.youtube. com/watch?v=Y8WDcQon9DY. The two-minute clip contains a single A-word. But it speaks volumes.
Cryptic messages, peculiar asides, humdingers to jharper@ washingtontimes.com.