The offending text, “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism,” challenges the validity of man-made global warming.Despite it being the end of the semester, the department's web-master had time to post (temporarily) a picture of the colleagues "testing the flammability" of the book.
The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, sent the book to the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at [San Jose State]. Department chairperson Dr. Alison Bridger and assistant professor Dr. Craig Clements eagerly posed for a photo depicting them applying a lit match to “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism.”
Das war Vorspiel nur. Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.
RUNNING EXTRA. Marquette Warrior follows up with the faculty pranksters.
We wrote one of the scientists in the photo, Craig Clements, and he responded as follows:That's reassuring.
Thanks for your email. No, the book was never burned. We never intended to burn the book. The Department of Meteorology and Climate Science has removed the material in question from its website, and regrets what was clearly an ill-conceived attempt at satire. Please be assured the university does not condone book burning for any reason.It’s nice that they considered this a form of “satire,” but the symbolism was absurdly bone-headed.