The reaction from the scientific community to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin’s lack of concern over climate change is blunt. Here are some examples. First, from Jim Hansen, who works for Griffin: “I almost fell off my chair. It’s remarkably uninformed.”
Next we have Berrien Moore, director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire: “I don’t understand it. I’m really stunned that he could say something like that. I mean, I really find it shocking.”
And then there’s Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences at Princeton University: “It’s astounding that the head of a major US science agency could hold such attitudes, basically ignorance about the global warming problem. In fact, it’s so astounding that I think he should resign.”
Those three comments were broadcast this morning on NPR, the same outlet that broadcast Griffin’s thoughts on the subject yesterday. USA Today, meanwhile, quotes Jerry Mahlman, a former top scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and now a member of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, saying Griffin’s remarks suggest Griffin is either “totally clueless” or “a deep anti-global warming ideologue.”
Elsewhere at ScienceBlogs, the focus is on Griffin’s suggestion that it’s “arrogant” to take a side on the issue. We have Janet, who asks “Is it arrogant to want to use our scientific knowledge?” and Steinn points out that “whaterver we do, we are making a choice, and it is an arrogant choice no matter what.”
SciBlogger Chris Mooney, writing at the Huffington Post, asks: “How can anyone think this is not a tremendous societal risk, even if there might be some people–in, say, Buffalo, New York–who may actually have more pleasant weather under global warming?”
So far, that’s it for scienceBlogs. Frankly, I was expecting more. Perhaps I am being a little impatient.
All this about a man who oversees the lion’s share of American government research on climate change. A man with six graduate degrees in physics and engineering, as well as an MBA. Maybe that last degree, from Loyola College, is the source of the problem. MBAs make me nervous.