NASA's trouble in the hen house, top scientist slams administrator

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The big story today, which we wrote about last night was some outrageous statements made by White House appointed NASA administrator, Michael Griffin.

Today, Jim Hansen, a top NASA scientist is coming back at Griffin hard in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Hansen states:

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

Here's a portion of the ABC transcript:  

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.”
News media inquiries to NASA headquarters about Griffin's comments prompted the space agency to make the unusual move of issuing a news release late Wednesday night.

NASA is the world's preeminent organization in the study of Earth and the conditions that contribute to climate change and global warming,” Griffin said in a statement. “The agency is responsible for collecting data that is used by the science community and policy makers as part of an ongoing discussion regarding our planet's evolving systems. It is NASA's responsibility to collect, analyze and release information. It is not NASA's mission to make policy regarding possible climate change mitigation strategies. As I stated in the NPR interview, we are proud of our role and I believe we do it well.”

Hansen, featured prominently in Al Gore's global warming documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” has been warning of the potential dangers of climate change since the 1980s.

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Jim Hansen. Is this the same scientist who took $250,000 from a multinational corporate foundation?

Jim Hansen does not make policy, either for NASA or for the people. I respect his views, but he ain’t the boss. Regards,

The quote from Griffin went:

“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.”

It may not be the best climate. But the schedule is for it to get worse for everyone, if you assume that human beings tend to need things like water and food. It’s rather arrogant to take the position that this doesn’t really matter.