Sunday, June 03, 2007

One Voice of Reason at NASA

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has probably made a career ending mistake.

Houston Chronicle: "First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown," he said.

"And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings, where and when, are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now, is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that's a rather arrogant position for people to take."

NASA's chief climate scientist and screaming Chicken Little moonbat James Hansen is nearly apoplectic that someone within the sacred halls of NASA would question both the limitations of mans power over nature and the limitations of human judgment about the optimal conditions for life on Earth. Dr. Hansen is a classic case of someone so in love with his self-perceived wisdom that anyone pointing out reasoning flaws is perceived as making a personal attack. Hansen strikes me as an uber-math nerd from Iowa for whom running numbers through computers came to be more real than empirical evidence.