Scientist criticize NASA cheif’s statements on Global Warming

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.”
Jerry Mahlman
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.
James Hansen
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.
Jack Marburger
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.
James Connaughton

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.
David Mould
NASA spokesman

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?
Hansen
Director of Goddard Institute of Space Studies

Source: AP article on SignOnSanDiego by Seth Borenstein.

One thought on “Scientist criticize NASA cheif’s statements on Global Warming”

  1. Our grade children in most schools are having classes on global warming, and it sounds like chicken little, “The Sky is falling”. I get the impression that the global warming problem is the 40 and over problem. They caused it now fix it for our children and grandchildren.Well alot happened in that 40 and over generation, WW1, WW2, USA becoming a super power, and the standard of living in most of the industrlized world greatly improved.
    In short here’s my 2 cents. Let these little poops get off their fat bottoms, and start doing something about their future, like: growing their own food, stop asking for rides to school, and the mall.Learn to play music instead of listening to their I-Pods.In short take their future and survival in their own hands and make the sacfrices nessary to insure their lives against this global warmingproblem. The 40 and over gang will be long gone if and when this gobal warming has an impact on human life, so you little kiddies, grow up fast, start making YOUR CHANGES TO THE WAY YOU LIVE NOW TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM STARTING WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU NOW. LET’S SEE WHAT TYPES OF SACRIFICES YOU ARE WILLING TO MAKE TO SURVIVE FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN.

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