December 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Lubbock, Texas When Katharine Hayhoe was faced with telling a group of petroleum engineers in the heart of the Texas oil patch that the main culprit for climate change is humanity's consumption of fossil fuels, she expected pushback. "Aren't you scientists just in this for the money?" one older man asked — the latest insult after a string of anonymous emails asserting that she and other climatologists were corrupt liars. Most climatologists refuse to answer skeptics, preferring to let the research speak for itself.