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That NASA Climate Change Hearing That NASA Ignored

By Keith Cowing
May 18, 2021
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That NASA Climate Change Hearing That NASA Ignored

Keith’s note: The House Science Committee held a hearing today “NASA’s Earth Science and Climate Change Activities: Current Roles and Future Opportunities“. Given the importance placed by the Biden Administration on Climate Change – with NASA being a member of the Cabinet-level Climate Task Force – you’d think that NASA would be giving a hearing on climate change – with the head of its Earth Science Division and its Task Force representative – some serious visibility. Guess again. No mention on the NASA TV schedule. no media advisory or press release, nothing on the sparse NASA calendar. But they did tweet about the hearing but only an hour before it began. Gavin Schmidt made a point of tweeting as well. As for the NASA Office of Legislative Affairs – don’t bother – all they have is the AA’s biography and a picture.
So unless you saw these tweets this morning, you probably missed mention of this hearing. Now that the hearing is over, you’d think that NASA might post a link to the archived video and the testimony of its employees. Guess again. NASA PAO is a sleep at the wheel. So here’s what you missed.
Statements:
Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Earth Science and Climate Change Activities at NASA
Chairman Beyer Opening Statement for Hearing on Earth Science and Climate Change Activities at NASA
Babin Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on NASA Earth Science and Climate Data
Karen M. St. Germain, Division Director, Earth Sciences Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
Gavin Schmidt, Senior Climate Advisor (Acting) and Director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
Riley Duren, Research Scientist, Office of Research, Innovation, and Impact, University of Arizona; Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Mapper, Inc.
Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet

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