“They’ve been brainwashing us for 20 years,” Gray says. “Starting with the nuclear winter and now with the global warming.This scare will also run its course. In 15-20 years, we’ll look back and see what a hoax this was.” Dr. Bill Gray, as quoted in Denver Post, June 5, 2006.
In 2006 Dr. Gray was a strapping young man of 76, but when he spoke of “15 to 20 years” he was speaking of a day he knew he’d be lucky to live long enough to see, as he would need to live to an age of 91 to 96. When he died this April 16th he was only 86, however it wasn’t because he was unlucky. He was blessed with a thing called “integrity”, which sometimes is a thing you can feel it is unlucky to have, when the corrupted get mad at you for refusing to be corrupted. However we all must die, and on that day we may be asked to account for our actions, and be faced with our honesty, or our lack of it.
Dr. Gray likely was seen by Beltway Insiders as naive, for he had the belief that honesty was an American trait. When he was young children were told that George Washington, when questioned by his father, confessed, “Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did chop down your cherry tree with my little hatchet.” Nowadays Beltway Insiders laugh at this fable, but scientists understand the Truth behind it, (if not other fables).
If there is any Truth involved in the theory of Global Warming, it is hidden under the shame of what amounts to a grotesque fraud perpetuated upon the trusting. Why? Because, for the sake of sleazy political concepts that treat Truth like a second class citizen, (such as “might makes right” and “the ends justify the means”), good scientists like Dr. Gray saw their funding cut, as scurrilous knaves landed prestigious positions.
It must have been with a sense of shock, and mystery, that Dr. Gray saw the funding cease and the awards stop. How could it be wrong to tell the truth? But, in the so called “slyness” of power politics, the Truth is stood upside down. Dr. Gray was “out” for being honest, while Dr. James Hansen made a career of wasting millions “adjusting” the actual temperatures taken by reputable citizens and instead creating fudged data, and also by alarming people in 1986 by suggesting “science” would “prove” New York City would be flooded by now, and Earth might become as hot as Venus. As years past his absurd science became a joke, and he increasingly became a sort of cartoon, often equated with Homer Simpson.
Bill Gray will be vindicated, as it increasingly becomes obvious that some of the characters held up as paragons of modern science were but paid shills. Mann’s “hockey sticky” has been exposed as a farce based on the rings of a lone tree. The sea-ice “Death Spiral” of Serreze suffers yearly embarrassments. Cook’s “97 per cent of all scientists agree” has been exposed as mangled data that can’t even prove “97 of all shills agree”, so that anyone who quotes it, (even the president of the United States), looks like a complete imbecile if they refers to “97%” as an actual fact. And last but not least, (as he held the power that could cut Bill Gray’s funding), Al Gore and his movie “Inconvenient Truth” has been exposed as being far from science, and very close to being the most cynical of propaganda.
Although Bill Gray will be vindicated, I think it is a bit of a drag to be vindicated after you are dead. I wish he could have lived to be a hundred, so he could see the shills get what they deserve. However perhaps it is best he be spared that. For, when the shills get what they have earned, and reap what they sow, it will include much of the USA, for “power politics” have put fools in control. Many innocent bystanders will be swept up in the ruinous fall of a fraud, and I wouldn’t have wanted Dr. Gray to suffer even a stray shard of shrapnel.
What I most admire is how resilient his spirit proved to be, after he discovered he was politically ostracized. Surely he must have gone through some sullen moods and some black nights, and in fact he had every reason to drown his sorrows and become a bitter, ruined man. He did not do so, though some say there were times his temper flared.
Dr. Bill Gray was my age, 63, when his funding was cut by Al Gore in 1993. I can’t imagine what it feels like, after a lifetime of hard work, and on the verge of great research, to have the culmination be to be relegated to the back rooms of hurricane research. However perhaps Al Gore would have wished even worse to befall the good man, but Dr. Gray was too brilliant to completely trash. His hurricane research was superb.
The fact Al Gore could make this mistake makes me strangely ashamed of my generation. All the talk of Peace and Love and Understanding, and all the hoopla about caring for the environment, was perverted into cruelty, by the Tolkien “ring of power.” (Perhaps I was lucky to never gain power, and always be excommunicated, like Dr. Gray.)
But Dr. Gray did one thing that really makes him shine. He never completely dissolved into rage and frustration, but trained up a new generation of scientists to love Truth more than politics. Right to the end he was a mentor.
I doubt that, at 63, I have the 23 years left to live that Dr. Gray had. I’m not sure I’d like it, in a world as corrupted as ours has become. However, even if I only have a year left, I hope to follow Dr. Gray’s footsteps, and be the sort of man who inspires hope rather than cynicism, and encourages belief in Truth rather than reliance on corruption.
Once I was that pert student, eager to please:
That annoying one nodding as teachers spoke,
But that time’s warmth felt drafts of deep freeze
And I came to regard such pupils as a joke.
I then slouched by the window. My hope
Was in clouds. Teachers clashed Venetian blinds
Closed, and called me “class clown” and “the dope”,
But they couldn’t sell the poisoning of minds.
The blinds had imperfections. I still saw
A slice of sky, and clouds, and hope, and then
A teacher noticed, walked over…to my awe
He opened the window, and spoke man to men,
“Blinds hide the clouds. To hide is to lie.
Truth loves the air, and the vast views of sky.”
Rest in Peace, Dr. Bill Gray.