Research in these areas should continue, of course, just not so dishonestly financed by the Federal Government with taxpayer dollars. We must let the free market determine what is economic. The government is a proven failure at picking economic winners.
It seems like a lot of former NASA scientists agree. Do I feel vindicated after saying these same things for the last five years of playing with this blog in an admittedly amateurish, part-time, but sincere way? Yes.
50 Former Astronauts and Scientists Denounce NASA Stance on Global Warming
April 11 2012|
A group of nearly 50 very prominent NASA scientists and astronauts has issued a public letter to current NASA administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., requesting that NASA stop supporting unsubstantiated claims of manmade global warming.
NASA (Photo credit: Luke Bryant)
The letter reads in part:
"We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled."
The letter goes on to say: "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."