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Scandal and Denial at NASA

[Article Recovered from Hacked Autonomist]

You might wonder what horrible thing NASA's Michael Griffin, head has done? He is being called "an idiot," "surprisingly naive," "a fool," and worst of all accused of being "in denial." What he did was to question climate change orthodoxy, and imediately the Inquisition was on. For that he is called, "totally clueless," and "a deep anti-global warming ideologue." What exactly was Dr. Griffin's "incredibly arrogant and ingorant statement," that "indicates a complete ignorance of the implications of climate change?"

Dr. Griffin said:

"I am not sure that it is fair to say that it [cliamte change] is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had, and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change."

And he said:

"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."

Dr. Griffin will not be burned at the stake. He might have been, but his courage was not as strong as his reasoning and he has, unfortunately, recanted.

"In an apology to his staff, he said, 'I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this,' adding that, 'it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it.'"

Courage, truth, and integrity are small things to sacrifice when your prestige, reputation, and possibly your job or on the line, apparently. That is why the myth of climate change will continue to grow while the ranks of the rational will continue to dwindle.

This story, "NASA chief Michael Griffin silenced - Part XXVI" is one of a series being published in Canada's National Post on "The Deniers." It was meant to be a 10 part series on prominent scientist who deny global warming. The series is now at 27.

Statistics needed -- The Deniers Part I
Warming is real -- and has benefits -- The Deniers Part II
The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science -- The Deniers Part III
Polar scientists on thin ice -- The Deniers Part IV
The original denier: into the cold -- The Deniers Part V
The sun moves climate change -- The Deniers Part VI
Will the sun cool us? -- The Deniers Part VII
The limits of predictability -- The Deniers Part VIII
Look to Mars for the truth on global warming -- The Deniers Part IX
Limited role for C02 -- the Deniers Part X
End the chill -- The Deniers Part XI
Clouded research -- The Deniers Part XII
Allegre's second thoughts -- The Deniers XIII
The heat's in the sun -- The Deniers XIV
Unsettled Science -- The Deniers XV
Bitten by the IPCC -- The Deniers XVI
Little ice age is still within us -- The Deniers XVII
Fighting climate 'fluff' -- The Deniers XVIII

Science, not politics -- The Deniers XIX
Gore's guru disagreed -- The Deniers XX
The ice-core man -- The Deniers XXI
Some restraint in Rome -- The Deniers XXII
Discounting logic -- The Deniers XXIII
Dire forecasts aren't new -- The Deniers XXIV
They call this a consensus? - Part XXV
NASA chief Michael Griffin silenced - Part XXVI
Forget warming - beware the new ice age - Part XXVII