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NASA boss berates 'arrogant' global warming

31 May 07 - Nasa's top official said it was "arrogant" and unfair to treat global warming as a problem that needed to be tackled.

Nasa administrator Michael Griffin, who was appointed head of the space agency in April 2005, said those who assumed it was a problem also assumed that the state of Earth's climate today was its optimal climate.

His comments were made in a pre-recorded interview broadcast this morning on National Public Radio's (NPR) "Morning Edition."

Dr Griffin told the program: "I have no doubt 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.

"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.

"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."

Griffin received a bachelor's degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's degree in aerospace science from Catholic University of America; a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland; a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California; a master's degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College; and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.

Prior to being nominated as NASA Administrator, Griffin served as Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.



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