The Science Is Not Settled

A quick glance through my posting history will show numerous posts about the proper application of the scientific method and how the current approach to climate science often violates that methodology.  Looking through the comments of the posts will show equally numerous comments that I don’t know what I’m talking about and how dare I–a conservative idiot blogging in his pajamas–question such great and noble minds?

Given that is the typical response I thought I’d go with a different tack.  Recently a group of former NASA scientists and astronauts wrote a letter explaining that the current extreme position taken by NASA with respect to climate change will, in the long run, damage the reputation of the agency.

Nearly 50 former NASA scientists, astronauts and technologists are chastising NASA for its position on man-made climate change.

In a March 28 letter addressed to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the group of 49 former employees ask NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies to “refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites” because “it is clear that the science is NOT settled.”

“As former NASA employees, 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,” the letter reads.

The group said that the statements that “man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated.”

“The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements,” the letter reads.

If these 49 scientists and astronauts are also idiots then I am glad to be counted in their company.

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