brian on 2009.01.02
at 12:21 pm
There is a petition and campaign to encourage President-elect Barack Obama to keep Dr. Michael Griffin on as head of NASA.
I’d like to add my two cents to this discussion: Michael Griffin should be run out of Washington on a rail. Possibly tarred and feathered.
The Bush appointee with seven degrees is certainly qualified to run NASA. But Griffin is most known to me, not for his choice to go back to Apollo-style space flight, eschewing reusable spacecraft like the shuttle, but for his choice to ignore the opinions and data of every climatologist and atmospheric scientist that NASA employs and publicly disagrees with the concept of Global Climate Change.
For that, he’s proven that he should not run the world’s premier science and research organization.
Here’s the pertinent section of his Wikipedia article on the issue:
In a follow-up interview to his May 31 interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep airing June 1, 2007 on NPR News’ Morning Edition, Griffin said the following:
“I have no doubt that global — that a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change.
First of all, I don’t think it’s within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown, and second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings – where and when – are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”11
Prominent climate scientists referred to his remarks as ignorant.12 In particular, James Hansen, NASA’s top official on climate change, said Griffin’s comments showed “arrogance and ignorance”, as millions will likely be harmed by global warming.13Jerry Mahlman, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said that Griffin was either “totally clueless” or “a deep antiglobal warming ideologue.”14
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