Friday, June 1, 2007

Rocket Scientist Shuns Doomesday Global Warming Alarmists

No, seriously. NASA has engaged a PR blitz since Thursday afternoon to explain its Administrator's comment that, well, Al Gore-style hypothetical scenarios and causations are absurd.

"I have no doubt that global — 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... 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...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 Administrator Michael D. Griffin, in an interview with NPR, hence striking a firestorm of controversy.

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