NASA's Griffin apologizes for controversial comments

Wed, 2007-06-06 09:41Kevin Grandia
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NASA's Griffin apologizes for controversial comments

NASA Administrator, Michael Griffin, is backing away from comments he made last week in a National Public Radio interview. At the time Griffin stated 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.”

Today the White House appointed Griffin is apologizing to NASA staff saying that,

All I can really do is apologize to all you guys … I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this.”

The White House appointed administrator caused a flurry of controversy over his remarks prompting longtime NASA scientist, Jim Hansen to remark that “it indicates a complete ignorance of understanding the implications of climate change.”

 

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here's Colbert's take on the subject …opens a new video window from Comedy Central.
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Did Michael Griffin really retract his remarks with that quote? If he did, he should have waited a bit because there seems to be support for what he said. WARNING Desmoggers -- You are about to enter a Denieralist zone!

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."

Dr. Walter Starck, an Australian marine scientist: "Griffin makes an important distinction between the scientific findings of climate change and dramatic predictions of catastrophic consequences accompanied by policy demands. The former can be evaluated by its evidence, but; the latter rest only on assertions and claims to authority. Alternate predictions of benefits from projected changes have been proposed with comparable authority and plausibility. For example, unless one chooses to define the Little Ice Age as "normal" and "optimal" the net effect of any warming has only been beneficial and any anthropogenic contribution very small indeed. Dramatic predictions of imminent disaster have a near perfect record of failure. Griffin's note of caution in the escalating concern over climate change deserves sober consideration".

Professor Robert Carter: "My main reaction to Michael Griffin is to congratulate him on his clear-sightedness, not to mention his courage in speaking out on such a controversial topic."

Dr. Tim Ball: "Griffin's statement is sensible because it allows time for the testing of the man-made global warming hypothesis to continue as it should."

William Kininmonth, a former head of the Australian National Climate Centre: "I certainly support Griffin's comments. Not only is it speculative to claim that humans can in any way influence the course of climate but it is arrogant to suggest that today's climate is getting worse than it has been in the past. For example, who would prefer to return to pre-industrial conditions as they were during the Little Ice Age?"

Kansas geologist, Lee Gerhard: "Griffin's statement focuses on the hubris that affects much of public policy. It is great to know that someone out there besides geologists understand that humans do not dominate earth's dynamic systems."

Ross McKitrick: "Claims of major, impending catastrophe are speculative and go far beyond what has been credibly established by researchers to date. Hence Griffin's view is not at all controversial or out of step with available evidence, and he should be commended for having the courage to say it. The fact that it took courage, however, points to the deeper problem that questioning the catastrophic propaganda we hear so much is now considered politically incorrect."

Dr. Patrick Michaels: "NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's statement about whether or not it is in fact a "problem" is supported by a scientific literature that his employee, James Hansen, appears to ignore. It is ironic that today President Bush appears to have given in to Hansen's hysteria rather than to the calm reason of NASA Administrator Griffin."

Harvard University physicist Lubos Motl: "I have always believed that the people who actually work with hard sciences and technology simply shouldn't buy a cheap and soft pseudoscientific propaganda such as the 'fight against climate change."

Quote Ferguson, Carter, Ball, Kininmonth, Gerhard, McKitrick, and Michaels... Yeah that'll really impress people at DeSmogBlog! (Eyes rolling)

Here's a hint for John Dowell and any readers misguided enough to take him seriously: check each name quoted on DeSmogBlog's search engine.

Starck & Motl don't appear on it, but show up elsewhere on the internet as either sceptics or minimizers of global warming.

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