June 2, 2007


Hot Enough in Here? (NY Times, 6/02/07)

Michael Griffin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is renowned for speaking bluntly so it was no surprise when he stuck his foot in his mouth during a recent interview. The disturbing element is that he may have inadvertently revealed one reason the space agency has been cutting back on satellite missions to study global warming.

In an interview with National Public Radio, Mr. Griffin acknowledged that global warming is happening but then, remarkably, suggested that it might not be a problem — or at least one that had to be fixed. “I am not sure that it is fair to say that it 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,” he said, adding that he wasn’t sure there was any “need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change.”

Those comments were a jarring denial of the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is serious and requires mitigation.

And so we see the supposedly Bright stake the claim that the Earth has an optimal climate and that it's up to intelligent design to maintain it, in the face of all the scientific evidence that climate fluctuates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2007 7:46 AM

It's all a cynical sham. Just like the undermining of the GWOT, it is a plot of the part of the witches and queers to take the country back from the Christers.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 2, 2007 8:36 AM

Yeegads! Does this mean we won't do anything about the warming on Mars or Neptune either?

Posted by: Genecis at June 2, 2007 9:30 AM

I have six fully mature trees. Four for the Earth and one each for Mars and Neptune. I have done my part, so the media can quit yammering on and on about it. In fact, the media owes me some Carbon Credit money for all the bushes I have pumping oxygen out into the atmosphere.

Posted by: Stormy70 at June 2, 2007 12:23 PM

S70, where do we go for our credit?

Posted by: erp at June 2, 2007 8:22 PM

Texas, and bring the hedge trimmers as I am losing the war with all the rain we have been getting. Plus, it is still only in the low 80s in June. In June! Very sweet.

Posted by: Stormy70 at June 2, 2007 10:32 PM