June 06, 2007

Global Warming Skeptic Beaten into Submission

Just disagree with any bunch of liberals and the attacks become so vicious and relentless that a person will agree to anything to survive and keep his job. It's the liberals' form of retribution using sophisticated torture. Of course, the liberals will demand the "customary apology" so that you don't dare disagree again. Such has been the saga of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin over global warming.

NASA chief regrets remarks on global warming

...NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in the closed-door meeting Monday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena 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,” he said.

Griffin made headlines last week when he told a National Public Radio interviewer he wasn’t sure global warming was a problem.

“I have no doubt that ... a trend of global warming exists,” Griffin said on NPR. “I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”

The radio interview angered some climate scientists, who called his remarks ignorant. ...

The last sentence is somewhat of an understatement. They taught him what happens if you disagree with "scientific consensus."

In other news:

They call this a consensus? - Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post

...Today, Al Gore is making the same (1992) claims of a scientific consensus, as do the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of government agencies and environmental groups around the world. But the claims of a scientific consensus remain unsubstantiated. They have only become louder and more frequent.

...More than six months ago, I began writing this series, The Deniers. When I began, I accepted the prevailing view that scientists overwhelmingly believe that climate change threatens the planet.

Now, after profiling more than 20 deniers, I do not know when I will stop -- the list of distinguished scientists who question the IPCC grows daily, as does the number of emails I receive, many from scientists who express gratitude for my series.

...Certainly there is no consensus at the very top echelons of scientists -- the ranks from which I have been drawing my subjects -- and certainly there is no consensus among astrophysicists and other solar scientists, several of whom I have profiled.

...What of the one claim that we hear over and over again, that 2,000 or 2,500 of the world's top scientists endorse the IPCC position? I asked the IPCC for their names, to gauge their views. (T)he IPCC Secretariat responded..."The list with their names and contacts will be attached to future IPCC publications, which will hopefully be on-line in the second half of 2007."

...Far from endorsing the IPCC reports, some reviewers, offended at what they considered a sham review process, have demanded that the IPCC remove their names from the list of reviewers. One even threatened legal action when the IPCC refused. ...

Global warming is a looney religion of the Left. Let's hope that rational people can hold out long enough for this "crisis" to pass and before we bankrupt the globe over something that demands scientific proof--not political consensus.

I'm sorry for the abuse that NASA's chief, Michael Griffin, had to take, but his courage brought sincere doubts about global warming to the surface and may provoke others to stand up to "consensus."

Posted by Woody M. at June 6, 2007 04:10 PM | TrackBack

I'm glad someone agrees that the apology was beaten out of Griffin -- he looks frightened here: http://thenewsroom.com/details/378679/Science+and+Technology?c_id=je. I for one disagree with his statements, but think he had every right to say them free of backlash. But that, of course, would simply be TOO much to ask.

Posted by J.May at June 8, 2007 08:30 PM

J. May, that's a good clip. It shows Griffin giving in and saying that NASA should just do the science and pass along the findings for others to evaluate. However, that's not what the crazy bunch working out of Columbia University in NYC and writing in RealClimate.org have been doing. It's either agree with us and say everything that you want or disagree and shut-up...or, else.

Posted by Woody at June 8, 2007 09:54 PM

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