Global warming is happening! That was the belief up until 2009 when it was discovered that the worlds most trusted and renowned center for studying climate change, the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, was fudging it's data and climate algorithms to make the data seem way worse than it actually was. This was discovered and largely ignored by the mainstream media outlets of CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. It was only until the internet raised it's eyebrow and fury did the MSM finally admit that maybe there might be a small chance that there was a problem.
This hasn't stopped a select group of people (see: Al Gore) from continuing to beat the global warming drum. One of the most out spoken of these people is James Hansen, who heads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. This is the man that equated global warming to slavery! Recently he was in China and spoke openly about trying to bring the United States to it's knees with a global carbon tax. This is what he had to say:
“After agreement with other nations, e.g., the European Union, China and these nations could impose rising internal carbon fees. Existing rules of the World Trade Organization would allow collection of a rising border duty on products from all nations that do not have an equivalent internal carbon fee or tax. The United States then would be forced to make a choice. It could either address its fossil-fuel addiction … or … accept continual descent into second-rate and third-rate economic well-being.”
This guy works for the United States Government. He is funded by taxpayer money and is petitioning to bring America to it's knees over it's failure to pass cap and trade legislation. His tirades are starting to hurt NASA's credibility when it comes to climatology.
On March 28, fifty former NASA employees including several Apollo astronauts signed this letter to Charles Bolden, NASA’s Administrator:
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.
The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.
As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.
For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.
Thank you for considering this request."
They wrote this because as they say: “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate,” they wrote. “At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.”
It will be interesting to see if any real change is made at the world's most renown space agency before this years election.