NASA Chief Apologizes For Being Rational

Last week, NASA's head guy said that while he didn't doubt the Earth was warming, “I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

Calm and understated is the way I would characterize the comment, but it caused a fury among warming wackos. So today, Michael Griffin said that “unfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical, and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it…. All I can really do is apologize to all you guys…. I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this,”

"… far more political than technical." What an even more subtle and accurate characterization, as the warming bandwagon seems to roll merrily along.

Griffin added that his "goal is usually to avoid controversy."

That is SO not my goal.

Which is probably the only reason I'm not running NASA today.

And while I'm on the subject of warming – which gets me hot, and not in a good way, there's this:

"An investigation by BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme has found that the EU's carbon trading scheme has increased electricity bills, given a windfall to power companies and failed to cut greenhouse gases, it is claimed."

Even better, after two and half years the scheme has yet to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

"The consumer body Energywatch said customers are getting a raw deal."

Now the best part:

"But a government minister has promised that the scheme's next phase will be a big improvement."

Did I say, "best?" Then this is the bestest…

"Power generators received their allowances free of charge but were allowed to reflect the value of those in increased prices to customers, as if the companies had actually had to buy the allowances.

Energywatch believes this increased electricity bills by about 7% in 2005 and delivered windfall profits of up to £1.3bn to the generators – higher than environmental campaigners had claimed last year.

Meanwhile: "It is also reckoned that CO2 emissions across the EU also rose by between 1 and 1.5% over the last two years."

Ya hate to see that. Such good intentions gone astray. But if it had to happen, why not Europe?

"But the Minister for Climate Change, Ian Pearson, told File on 4 that the carbon trading scheme has been an administrative success…" (spit-take)

"If you are saying to me it hasn't achieved a massive amount so far when it comes to CO2 reductions, well I agree with you and I think Phase Two will be a big, big improvement…and a key instrument in helping us all to achieve our carbon reduction targets across Europe."

Perhaps a better, easier, and quicker way to achieve carbon reduction in Europe is to reduce Europe?!?

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4 Responses to NASA Chief Apologizes For Being Rational

  1. Scio, Scio says:

    I was listening to NPR and somebody said, in all seriousness, that the NASA guy should resign for his comment. Resign from a mostly unrelated field because of a single comment. I'm starting to get a Salem 1690s sort of feel.

  2. TedWest says:

    Some NASA idiot scientist who's on Gore's team said essentially the same. Yours is a good analogy.
    Btw, this is one area where I feel Bush has been very effective in holding fools at bay, and there was an article the other day which I thought not worth saving about how Canada is failing utterly in its Kyoto commitment.
    Then of course there's this from The Grapevine:
    Warm and Fuzzy
    And many people in Greenland are not worried about the prospects of global warming — in fact they are thrilled by them.
    The Washington Post reports average winter temperatures on some parts of Greenland rose nearly 11 degrees Fahrenheit from 1991 to 2003.
    Farmers say they can keep their animals outside longer, fishermen have extended seasons and bigger catches, and oil, mining and aluminum companies are all looking to invest because of the warmer temperatures.
    Dog sledder Ono Fleischer says — "With the warmer weather, we don't have to fight the cold so much. Our health is better. Our equipment doesn't break down so much, and we don't use so much fuel. The time for industry is longer, and there are more places we can go by boat. I can't think of any negative consequences."

  3. ed-infinitum says:

    The Rationalism of Capitalism – at the core of which lies the profit motive – is paramount. Thus, just as we are stretched to the limit within such a system for the sake of Profit, they will attempt to stretch our luck till the 11th hour before the system is slowed down. Which basically means that, if it is not too late to do something about the problem, then it is definitely too early to start.

  4. TedWest says:

    That's cool, Ed. You should have been a beatnik. I always say you can't have enough aphorisms.

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