Jonathan I. Katz, a physics professor at Washington University in St. Louis., said he was fired from the team of scientists chosen by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to help BP Plc control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill,” Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, said in an e-mail today. “Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the department’s efforts.”
Either they incompetently chose somebody who couldn’t get the job done, and are using this as an excuse, or they really are petty enough to can a needed mind over their off-the-clock writing, which by the standards of the Internet is pretty tame stuff. Which is it, Stevie?