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Scientists Rally Around NASA
After Global Warming Comments
6 Jun 07 - "NASA's top administrator, Michael Griffin, speaking on NPR radio made some refreshingly sensible comments about the present global warming scare," said Robert Ferguson, Director of the Science and Public Policy Institute. "Many rationalist scientists agree with him, clearly demonstrating there is no scientific consensus on man-made, catastrophic global warming," said Ferguson.
Griffin said and that it is arrogant to believe that today's climate is the best we could have and that "we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change."
While NASA scientist, James Hansen, was sharply critical of his boss, other scientists from around the world came to Griffin's support.
These include Dr. Walter Starck, an Australian marine scientist, "Unless one chooses to define the Little Ice Age as "normal" and "optimal," said Starck, "the net effect of any warming has only been beneficial and any anthropogenic contribution very small indeed."
Another Australian, who testified before a Senate panel last year, Professor Robert Carter, observed, "My main reaction to Michael Griffin is to congratulate him on his clear-sightedness, not to mention his courage in speaking out on such a controversial topic."
Dr. Tim Ball, a Canadian climatologist, responded: "Griffin's statement is sensible because it allows time for the testing of the man-made global warming hypothesis to continue as it should."
"I certainly support Griffin's comments," said William Kininmonth, a former head of the Australian National Climate Centre. "Who would prefer to return to pre-industrial conditions as they were during the Little Ice Age? Frost Fairs were common on many rivers of Europe and the London diarist John Evelyn records that in 1683-84 the Thames River froze from late December to early February. Conditions were terrible with men and cattle perishing and the seas locked with ice such that no vessels could stir out or come in. Food and fuel were exceptionally dear and coal smoke hung so thickly that one could scarcely see across the street and one could scarcely breathe."
Kansas geologist, Lee Gerhard added, "It is great to know that someone out there besides geologists understands that humans do not dominate earth's dynamic systems.
Said Ross McKitrick, an economist at the University of Guelph, "Griffin's view is not at all controversial or out of step with available evidence, and he should be commended for having the courage to say it. The fact that it took courage, however, points to the deeper problem that questioning the catastrophic propaganda we hear so much is now considered politically incorrect."
Dr. Pat Michaels at the University of Virginia agrees: "It is ironic that today President Bush appears to have given in to Hansen's hysteria rather than to the calm reason of NASA Administrator Griffin.
Finally, Harvard University physicist Lubos Motl praised Griffin's climate comments, calling them "sensible." On his public blog, Motl said he applauds Michael Griffin and encourages him to act as "a self-confident boss of a highly prestigious institution."
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