The head of NASA Michael Griffin mentioned in a taped interview aired on public radio his thoughts on Global Warming.
I have no doubt that global – that a trend of global warming exists… I am not sure that it is fair to say that is a problem we must wrestle with…
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.
Even having these statements, NASA released a research paper contrary to his beliefs written by nearly 50 scientist from Columbia University and NASA and published in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics where this paper shows human-made greenhouse gases have brought the Earth’s climate close to critical tipping points, with potentially dangerous consequences for the planet.
Other scientist reactions on NASA head Michael Griffin’s statements
“totally clueless” or “a deep anti-global warming ideologue.”
Former top scientist – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Currently at National Center for Atmospheric Research.
“arrogance and ignorance” because millions of people will likely be harmed by global warming in the future.
Top NASA climate scientist
Lead author of NASA research paper
It’s pretty obvious that the NASA administrator was speaking about his own personal views and by no means representing or attempting to represent the administration’s views or broader policy…He’s got a very wry sense of humor and is very outspoken.
White House science adviser who said he was not disturbed by Griffin’s remarks, but distanced them from President Bush, who on Thursday announced an international global warming proposal.
We’re dedicated to action. And, in fact, I think the conversation’s really moved beyond a statement of the problem.
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman
The radio interviewer was trying to push Griffin into saying something about global warming. NASA’s position is that it provides scientific data on the issue, but policy makers are the ones who decide.
The consequences of global warming are dire and Griffin should know better… The devastation with sea level rise of several meters, with hundreds of millions of refugees, would dwarf that of New Orleans, [referring to Hurricane Katrina]… Is it arrogant to say that such would be a problem?
Director of Goddard Institute of Space Studies
Source: AP article on SignOnSanDiego by Seth Borenstein.