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Friday, June 1, 2007

Audio of Griffin interview

Audio of the NPR interview with NASA administrator Michael Griffin is now available. Listen here.

Excerpt (questions in bold, answers in normal text) from NPR:

It has been mentioned that NASA is not spending as much money as it could to study climate change — global warming — from space. Are you concerned about global warming?

I'm aware that global warming exists. I understand that the bulk of scientific evidence accumulated supports the claim that we've had about a one degree centigrade rise in temperature over the last century to within an accuracy of 20 percent. I'm also aware of recent findings that appear to have nailed down — pretty well nailed down the conclusion that much of that is manmade. Whether that is a longterm concern or not, I can't say.

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

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.

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?

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.

NASA scientist and global warming alarmist James Hansen was stunned by Griffin's comments:
Griffin's comments immediately drew stunned reaction from James Hansen, NASA's top climate scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

"It's an incredibly arrogant and ignorant statement," Hansen told ABC News. "It indicates a complete ignorance of understanding the implications of climate change."

Hansen believes Griffin's comments fly in the face of well-established scientific knowledge that hundreds of NASA scientists have contributed to.

"It's unbelievable," said Hansen. "I thought he had been misquoted. It's so unbelievable."
Stunned.

Update & bump: Scientists Rally Around NASA Chief After Global Warming Comments
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Jun. 1 -/E-Wire/-- "NASA's top administrator, Michael Griffin, speaking on NPR radio made some refreshingly sensible comments about the present global warming scare," said Robert Ferguson, Director of the Science and Public Policy Institute. "Many rationalist scientists agree with him, clearly demonstrating there is no scientific consensus on man-made, catastrophic global warming," said Ferguson.

4 comments:

JR said...

It was surprising, and refreshing, to hear such level headed views from "NASA's top administrator".

Hansen's reaction was predictable, sort of. But then one doesn't ordinarily expect an employee to be so severely and publicly critical of his boss (I presume).

So it would be nice if Mr. Griffin could now fire Hansen's ass out the door.

Lemon said...

JR funny, I was gonna say the same thing. Fire his ass.
It's equivalent to a guy hired to read news stories leaking the GOC climate plan.
ANARCHISTS in NASA!!!

Halfwise said...

I was thinking that Hansen would be stunned because his boss said the kind of thing that only the puppets of the oil industry are supposed to say.

It's a funny world when the message of "We don't know" is called arrogant by someone who clearly doesn't see the reason for debate...

The AGW crowd has lost sight of how smug THEY sound.

John Nicklin said...

James Hansen would be fired if he worked in anywhere else. He seems to have immunity from his superiors for some reason. But he has been muzzled by the adminsitration, so he's really not speaking out. Right?