This, amazingly Bush appointed nimrod, claimed in the interview with Steve Inskeep of NPR, that we humans, polar bears, and all other animals dying off from the effects of climate change, were arrogant to think the former conditions on earth, which have fostered us all, were the best that earth had to offer. He suggested that Global warming, though admittedly man-made, nonetheless, might be improving the planet.
At first, Griffin seemed reasonable and, by all accounts, apparently sober. Things sounded as if they might be headed in an intelligent direction. He responded confidently and without any sign of insanity to the first question focused on the critics of his policies;
"It has been mentioned that NASA is not spending as much money as it could to study climate change â€” global warming â€” from space. Are you concerned about global warming?"
I'm aware that global warming exists. I understand that the bulk of scientific evidence accumulated supports the claim that we've had about a one degree centigrade rise in temperature over the last century to within an accuracy of 20 percent. I'm also aware of recent findings that appear to have nailed down â€” pretty well nailed down the conclusion that much of that is man-made. Whether that is a longterm concern or not, I can't say. [source]
What came next, however, quickly turned the interview into the most blatant example of donkey speech anyone has communicated in the English language. With his answer, this graduate of the Alfred E. Neuman Technological School of Science, Technology, or Other Pretty Important Disciplines Related Universally, (the AENTSOSTOOPIDRU for short) showed his IQ equaled his shoe size and responded thusly to the next question;
"Do you have any doubt that this is a problem that mankind has to wrestle with?"
I have no doubt that a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with. To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth's climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn't change. First of all, I don't think it's within the power of human beings to assure that the climate does not change, as millions of years of history have shown. And second of all, I guess I would ask which human beings â€” where and when â€” are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that's a rather arrogant position for people to take. [source]
Finally, he dismissed his responsibility to combat global warming and told us all why he was so terrible at his job;
"Is that thinking that informs you as you put together the budget? That something is happening, that it's worth studying, but you're not sure that you want to be battling it as an army might battle an enemy?"
Nowhere in NASA's authorization, which of course governs what we do, is there anything at all telling us that we should take actions to affect climate change in either one way or another. We study global climate change, that is in our authorization, we think we do it rather well. I'm proud of that, but NASA is not an agency chartered to, quote, battle climate change. [source]
Almost as the words left his mouth, the man regretted what he said and Griffin has announced as much in numerous clarifications. Nonetheless, many prominent scientists among the ranks of NASA as well as in many other agencies have called for his resignation. They feel that the best interests of the country not to mention the planet itself could not be met by such an ignorant opinion held by someone in charge of an agency which should be focused on monitoring and/or preventing this ecological disaster.
James Hansen, one of the leading climate scientists for NASA at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York was among the first to express his dumbfounded surprise at Griffin's comments in an interview with ABC news, "It's an incredibly arrogant and ignorant statement," Hansen told ABC News. "It indicates a complete ignorance of understanding the implications of climate change. It's unbelievable, I thought he had been misquoted. It's so unbelievable."
As we journey into a summer, which all evidense suggests, will in fact be hotter than any other ever recorded; when you are suffering through the 12th heatwave this summer with temperatures of 100 plus; when you find yourself choking on the mix of exhaust smog and the smoke from the forests and drought parched wilderness burning all around you; think of Michael Griffin. Look at all the SUVS and try to remain calm as the earth not-so-slowly becomes a little more like Hell.
Oh, and be sure to pack a whip.
*The title, the photo, and the Alfred E. Neuman name are all property of Mad Magazine and this article makes no claim to them as original material. The school, (AENTSOSTOOPIDRU) was created by this author and does not in fact exist. It goes without saying that Griffin did not actually graduate from this fictional school but rather has an extensive list of credentials. Follow this url to view them. http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/griffin_bio.html