It takes guts to go to the moon, in a space ship smaller than Donald Trump’s master bathroom; relying on less computing power than is found in a standard pocket calculator!
But in today’s highly charged political climate, it takes more guts to challenge the global climate change orthodoxy.
That’s what 50 former astronauts and scientists have chosen to do, in calling upon NASA to stop its unhesitating acceptance of “unproven” theories of man-made global warming. In a letter addressed to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) director James Hansen, the group requested that both NASA and GISS refrain from making “unproven remarks in public releases and websites” on the subject of Global warming.
For those who have only followed this argument peripherally, let me state that the argument is not over whether the planet’s climate is changing. The argument is over:
1. Are these changes man-made, as opposed to a natural-occuring phenomenon?
2. Is it something that can be “fixed” by drastically altering our lifestyle; spending trillions of dollars to do so?
3. Will the rising of global temperatures by a few degrees be more harmful or beneficial, on the balance?
NASA, takes (arguably) the most alarmist viewpoint: the orthodox Man-Made Global Warming Catastrophe position. That global disaster will ensue if we don’t do something drastic now to alter our current trajectory.
This is a controversial position, as are all on this highly politicized subject. What the group of astronauts and scientists take issue with is NASA and GISS’s full-throated support of one side of this issue; one not yet proven or accepted by many in the scientific community; and by so doing damaging the NASA brand-name.
“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.”
The letter was signed by seven Apollo astronauts, a deputy associate administrator, several scientists, and even the deputy director of the space shuttle program.
NASA had no immediate comment.
What is unfortunate is this Administation’s intrusion of politics into everything it touches; including space exploration.
Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the signatories to the letter.