American Elephants

Climate Rebellion at NASA: Astronauts, Scientists and Engineers Admonish Agency. by The Elephant's Child

James Hansen,  director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; most alarmed of climate alarmists; advisor to Al Gore; creator of the term “death trains” to describe trains  carrying coal from mine to power plant; is the force behind global warming alarmism who created the whole mess when he testified before Congress, on the hottest day of summer in 1988, that he had a computer model that predicted dangerous warming.

The 85th Congress and President Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to explore space.  James Hansen has used his position and NASA’s reputation to advance an agenda that calls for restrictions by government on all major industry and all human activity in the name of controlling the natural warming and cooling of the planet.

Hansen’s capitalizing on his association with NASA has made him a millionaire through income from the alarmist community outside the government. Now nearly 50 former NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers have sent a letter to the current NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, Jr. The full text of the letter:

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 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.

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. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.

(Attached signatures)  Below the fold:

CC: Mr. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for Science

CC: Ass Mr. Chris Scolese, Director, Goddard Space Flight Center

Ref: Letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, dated 3-26-12, regarding a request for NASA to refrain from making unsubstantiated claims that human produced CO2 is having a catastrophic impact on climate change.

  • Jack Barneburg, Jack – JSC, Space Shuttle Structures, Engineering Directorate, 34 years
  • Larry Bell – JSC, Mgr. Crew Systems Div., Engineering Directorate, 32 years
  • Dr. Donald Bogard – JSC, Principal Investigator, Science Directorate, 41 years
  • Jerry C. Bostick – JSC, Principal Investigator, Science Directorate, 23 years
  • Dr. Phillip K. Chapman – JSC, Scientist – astronaut, 5 years
  • Michael F. Collins, JSC, Chief, Flight Design and Dynamics Division, MOD, 41 years
  • Dr. Kenneth Cox – JSC, Chief Flight Dynamics Div., Engr. Directorate, 40 years
  • Walter Cunningham – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 7, 8 years
  • Dr. Donald M. Curry – JSC, Mgr. Shuttle Leading Edge, Thermal Protection Sys., Engr. Dir., 44 years
  • Leroy Day – Hdq. Deputy Director, Space Shuttle Program, 19 years
  • Dr. Henry P. Decell, Jr. – JSC, Chief, Theory & Analysis Office, 5 years
  • Charles F. Deiterich – JSC, Mgr., Flight Operations Integration, MOD, 30 years
  • Dr. Harold Doiron – JSC, Chairman, Shuttle Pogo Prevention Panel, 16 years
  • Charles Duke – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 16, 10 years
  • Anita Gale
  • Grace Germany – JSC, Program Analyst, 35 years
  • Ed Gibson – JSC, Astronaut Skylab 4, 14 years
  • Richard Gordon – JSC, Astronaut, Gemini Xi, Apollo 12, 9 years
  • Gerald C. Griffin – JSC, Apollo Flight Director, and Director of Johnson Space Center, 22 years
  • Thomas M. Grubbs – JSC, Chief, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Branch, 31 years
  • Thomas J. Harmon
  • David W. Heath – JSC, Reentry Specialist, MOD, 30 years
  • Miguel A. Hernandez, Jr. – JSC, Flight crew training and operations, 3 years
  • James R. Roundtree – JSC Branch Chief, 26 years
  • Enoch Jones – JSC, Mgr. SE&I, Shuttle Program Office, 26 years
  • Dr. Joseph Kerwin – JSC, Astronaut, Skylab 2, Director of Space and Life Sciences, 22 years
  • Jack Knight – JSC, Chief, Advanced Operations and Development Division, MOD, 40 years
  • Dr. Christopher C. Kraft – JSC, Apollo Flight Director and Director of Johnson Space Center, 24 years
  • Paul C. Kramer – JSC, Ass.t for Planning Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Div., Egr. Dir., 34 years
  • Alex (Skip) Larsen
  • Dr. Lubert Leger – JSC, Ass’t. Chief Materials Division, Engr. Directorate, 30 years
  • Dr. Humbolt C. Mandell – JSC, Mgr. Shuttle Program Control and Advance Programs, 40 years
  • Donald K. McCutchen – JSC, Project Engineer – Space Shuttle and ISS Program Offices, 33 years
  • Thomas L. (Tom) Moser – Hdq. Dep. Assoc. Admin. & Director, Space Station Program, 28 years
  • Dr. George Mueller – Hdq., Assoc. Adm., Office of Space Flight, 6 years
  • Tom Ohesorge
  • James Peacock – JSC, Apollo and Shuttle Program Office, 21 years
  • Richard McFarland – JSC, Mgr. Motion Simulators, 28 years
  • Joseph E. Rogers – JSC, Chief, Structures and Dynamics Branch, Engr. Directorate,40 years
  • Bernard J. Rosenbaum – JSC, Chief Engineer, Propulsion and Power Division, Engr. Dir., 48 years
  • Dr. Harrison (Jack) Schmitt – JSC, Astronaut Apollo 17, 10 years
  • Gerard C. Shows – JSC, Asst. Manager, Quality Assurance, 30 years
  • Kenneth Suit – JSC, Ass’t Mgr., Systems Integration, Space Shuttle, 37 years
  • Robert F. Thompson – JSC, Program Manager, Space Shuttle, 44 years/s/ Frank Van Renesselaer – Hdq., Mgr. Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters, 15 years
  • Dr. James Visentine – JSC Materials Branch, Engineering Directorate, 30 years
  • Manfred (Dutch) von Ehrenfried – JSC, Flight Controller; Mercury, Gemini & Apollo, MOD, 10 years
  • George Weisskopf – JSC, Avionics Systems Division, Engineering Dir., 40 years
  • Al Worden – JSC, Astronaut, Apollo 15, 9 years
  • Thomas (Tom) Wysmuller – JSC, Meteorologist, 5 years

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