Imagine my surprise at that.
From his Wikipedia entry:
(John Christy) is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He was appointed Alabama's State Climatologist in 2000. For his development of a global temperature data set from satellites he was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and the American Meteorological Society's "Special Award." In 2002, Christy was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Christy was a lead author for the 2001 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the US CCSP report Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere - Understanding and Reconciling Differences. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric sciences from the University of Illinois. He also has a master's degree in divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Christy is generally considered a contrarian on some issues related to global warming, although he helped draft and signed the American Geophysical Union statement on climate change. In an interview with National Public Radio about the new AGU statement, he said: It is scientifically inconceivable that after changing forests into cities, turning millions of acres into irrigated farmland, putting massive quantities of soot and dust into the air, and putting extra greenhouse gases into the air, that the natural course of climate has not changed in some way.
...A native of Fresno, CA (where he learned to pan for gold), Christy was a missionary in Kenya for two years. After earning his divinity degree he founded a Southern Baptist church in South Dakota before pursuing a career in science and teaching.
The last 25 or so minutes of the video are devoted to Q&A.
Have a listen to the statement made about Christy by the very first questioner. I won't give it away here but it really is surprising given it's coming from an academic.
What a deeply immoral man this questioner must be.
Christy powerfully demonstrates that climate models don't work and that mankind's changing of the way it uses land is a significant contributor to changes in local climate.
With last week's release of the Garnaut Report in Australia it's important that the 'lay person' (i.e. people who have not studied mathematics at anything higher what was required in high school) view this video, as it's aimed at providing information in an easy to understand way that clearly demonstrates that the world is not headed for catastrophe.
No wonder Big Green hates this guy.