Earth Science: March 2008 Archives

PM urged to veto new coal-fired generators, The Age

"Dr Hansen's letter, written as a private citizen rather than in his capacity as NASA's top climate scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Earth Institute, is similar to the one he sent British Prime Minister Gordon Brown this year. In 2006 he accused the Bush Administration of trying to gag calls for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and has urged colleagues to speak up in communicating their observations of the changing planet."

Editor's update: Hmmm ... if Dr. Hansen was really interested in expressing his views - as a "private citizen" - then why not use a pseudonym on this letter? This is all kind of silly. No one would really care what he had to say were it not for his obvious public connection to NASA. This way he gets listened to because of his NASA notoriety and yet he can also say that he is not representing NASA. Neat trick!

Remarks by NASA Administrator Griffin to the 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

"Talking about the Space Act reminds me of the kerfluffle that ensued, a couple of years ago, when I changed our mission statement to be consistent with our legislated responsibilities. I thought the ensuing squabble was "Much Ado About Nothing", and that a larger point was missed."

Senators Collins and Lieberman Raise Concerns about Changes to NASA Mission Statement (August 2006)

"Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) sent a letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Dr. Michael D. Griffin expressing concerns about the organization's elimination from its mission statement of the phrase "to understand and protect the home planet."

Editor's note: Mike, I am confused. If NASA's legislated responsibilities do not include the task "to understand and protect the home planet" then why did you recently expand NASA's Earth Science mission portfolio (with White House approval)? Shouldn't you be decreasing or shrinking Earth science research and missions if such things are not within NASA's purview?


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