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George H. Taylor
- M.S. Meteorology University of Utah (1975).
- B.A. Mathematics U.C. Santa Barbara (1969).
George Taylor is a past faculty member at Oregon State University. He has become a controversial figure in Oregon, where he previsuly used the title of “State Climatologist.”
Although some profiles list Taylor as faculty member at Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, a list of COAS Faculty (as of February, 2012) does not include his name. Taylor retired from his position as manager of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University in May, 2008. , 
The Oregon State Governor’s office has since stated that “George Taylor doesn't represent the governor's office, and he doesn't represent the state of Oregon.” The same August 2005 news article reports that, “Taylor himself has supplemented his government salary with oil money.” 
Taylor is listed as a “scientific advisor” to the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, an organization that has received funding from ExxonMobil and the Western Fuels Association. 
Until recently, TCS was run by Washington lobby/PR firm DCI Group and was the centre of controversy over a YouTube Al Gore spoof video they produced and posted under the guise of 29-year old amateur filmmaker.
Stance on Climate Change
“It's not clear that we are seeing unprecedented warming, and it's definitely untrue that any warming trend can be assigned to human activities. Natural variations in climate are much more significant than any human activities.” 
“Most of the climate change we`ve seen up until now has been as a result of natural variations.” 
DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind the conference, and found sponsor organizations had received over $47 million from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from the Scaife Family of foundations.
May 2, 2007
See a transcript here (PDF).
Controversy has followed Taylor after his use of the title of Oregon “State Climatologist.”
Willamette Week reported: 
“Taylor's colleagues at Oregon State's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences have grown frustrated over the years with what they consider his misunderstanding of climate-change facts. On multiple occasions, faculty members found it necessary to correct statements in Taylor's regular 'Weather Matters' column in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.”
Phillip Mote, the climatologist for neighboring Washington State, “surmises that Taylor is guilty of looking only at data that support his views, while discarding the rest. You can only come to that conclusion if you handpick the climate records,” said Mote. He also says that, “while his Oregon counterpart is a good friend [Taylor’s] dead wrong about global warming.”
The same article reported: “While Taylor holds the title of 'state climatologist,' the office of the Governor of Oregon has stated: 'The state climatologist does not speak for the governor on global warming,' says Van't Hof, Kulongoski's sustainability policy advisor. 'George Taylor doesn't represent the governor's office, and he doesn't represent the state of Oregon,' the aide says. 'The governor consistently is in favor of addressing global warming. Global warming is real and is greatly accelerated by human activity'.”
November 16, 2004
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change — Science and Policy Advisory Board Member. 
According to a search of Google Scholar, Taylor has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of climate in the state of Oregon.
“George H. Taylor,” Profile at Oregon Climate Service. Archived April 2, 2004 (Taylor is no longer listed on staff at OCS).
“After 19 Years at Helm of Oregon Climate Service, George Taylor Retires,” Ocean Air (from the College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University). Accessed February, 2012. Archived with WebCite, February 19, 2012.
Jeff Wright. “Weather aficionado will leave his post for new challenges,” The Register-Guard, February 22, 2008.
“Facts about George Taylor and the 'state climatologist',” HinesSight, February 8, 2007.
Vince Patton. “Global warming debate spurs Ore. title tiff,” KGW.com, February 8, 2007. Archived February 24, 2009.
CNN, Glenn Beck special “Exposed: The Climate of Fear,” May 2, 2007.
“2009 International Conference on Climate Change,” The Heartland Institute, February 1, 2009. Republished by Instituto Liberdade.
Open letter to John McCain, November 16, 2004. Republished by Tech Central Station. Archived December 7, 2004.
“Scientific and Policy Advisors” (PDF), Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change brochure.
“George Taylor,” Tech Central Station. Archived February 14, 2007.
“Heartland Experts: George Taylor,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed February, 2012.
“George Taylor (Oregon State University),” SourceWatch Profile.
“Deniers:Scientists:George H. Taylor,” ExxonSecrets Wiki.