NASA Needs a New Director!

NASA Needs a New Director!

WTF! I repeat WTF!

I just listened to Michael Griffin on NPR. I’m still under shock. First, go listen.

NPR: Do you have any doubt that this is a problem that mankind has to wrestle with?

Griffith: I have no doubt 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.

NPR: Is that thinking that informs you as you put together the budget? That something is happening, that it’s worth studying, but you’re not sure that you want to be battling it as an army might battle an enemy?

Griffith: Nowhere in NASA’s authorization, which of course governs what we do, is there anything at all telling us that we should take actions to affect climate change in either one way or another. We study global climate change, that is in our authorization, we think we do it rather well. I’m proud of that, but NASA is not an agency chartered to, quote, battle climate change.

[Original bold removed. My emphasis]

Again Michael Griffin is the NASA director. He is claiming that we shouldn’t do anything about global warming because we don’t know whether this is the best climate there ever was?!

That is just… so … disingenuous. If Phil Plait hadn’t already resigned from NASA, I would expect him too.

To say that people want to change the climate is to ignore the fact that mankind is already changing the climate, in ways we can’t predict – and the NASA director says “I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

Is this a new Frank Luntz talking point. We don’t want to do anything about climate change because doing something might be bad?

What! WTF!

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3 comments so far

  1. Arthur Becker on

    I think Mr. Griffith’s position is very reasonable. He is not jumping onto the “green bandwagon” as most are doing, primarily and only because it is politically correct.

    He doesn’t think this is a NASA mission….he has the guts to say so and he is correct. Nowhere does advocate NOT cleaning up the environment.

    NASA does not need a new Director…Griffith is doing a great job. People attack him only becuuse it is politically correct to do so and that is not right. Read and analyze his statement carefully.

  2. blc303 on

    Wrong.

    I “analyze” the following comment

    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.

    to mean what it says. It is disingenuous in the extreme. I can’t think of anyone on the “green bandwagon” trying to keep the climate from naturally changing. No one. If you can give me a name, please.

    The point is to try to keep people from driving climate change through pollution.

    Yes. It is a terrible comment. Yes. Griffith should resign or should have distanced himself from the comment. It is an untruth.

  3. blc303 on

    I would also point you to the commentary by Louis Friedman, posted at Science News and echoed to the Planetary Blog.

    I could live with that reaction.


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