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NASA Has Released Their Climate Risk Management Plan by The Elephant's Child


The American people have made it abundantly clear that they are not concerned about climate change. On every list of concerns, climate change hardly registers at all. But the Obama administration is deeply, deeply concerned, and every government agency is signing on. Now it’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA has issued a Climate Risk Management Plan warning that climate change may compromise their ability to launch satellites and gather evidence on climate change. And something or other about endangered species. Tribbles?

This is one of over two dozen Climate Risk Management Plans released on Friday by assorted government bureaucracies detailing the steps they are taking to address climate change. Presumably this is the due date for such reports.

“NASA recognized as early as 2005 that ‘regional climate variability’ could pose a risk to its operations and missions and identified it as a risk within NASA’s risk management framework. Many Agency assets – 66 percent of its assets when measured by replacement value – are within 16 feet of mean sea level and located along America’s coasts,” the report reads.

“Risk management is central to continuity of NASA operations, and the agency is including potential climate extremes in its risk management framework,” said Calvin Williams, assistant administrator for NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure. His colleague Jack Kaye, associate director of NASA’s Earth Science Division added “NASA science provides an important knowledge base that the centres and their surrounding communities can use in preparing for changing climate conditions.”

Anthony Watts, over at Watts Up With That blog, points out that “one of the biggest space disasters ever, the Challenger disaster, was caused by FREEZING COLD WEATHER and idiotic management that ignored risks of cold weather as warned by engineers.”

As for the sea level rises which NASA considers such a pressing threat to its assets, the verdict of Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, a former chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change who has studied global sea levels for 35 years is: “the sea is not rising”. Furthermore, “It hasn’t risen in 50 years.”

Mörner calls the predictions of catastrophic sea level rise “the greatest lie ever told”. Whereas those predictions are all based on computer models, which can be easily manipulated to give any answer desired, Mörner’s findings are based on “going into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world”.

NASA really had to scrape bottom just to identify the “threats” of climate change — beach erosion, coastal flooding, increased storm frequency (though storm frequency has been lessening rather than growing), health and safety impacts of “worsening air quality” and threats to endangered species (though what that has to do with NASA is unexplained. I hope someone reports on other agencies’ Risk Management Reports. Should be entertaining reading.

But Barack Obama remains a true believer, encouraged by his science advisor, whence the demand for administration-wide conformity. The president just said in his statement on the election that the American people sent a message. “They expect the people the elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours.” Another statement he didn’t mean. Of course he intends to advance his own ambitions. He didn’t mean a word of it.

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