Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Global Warming: Science or Politics...

Did you know that the position of NASA Chief is a political appointment? You don't get the job because a collection of your peers votes you the smartest guy around. You get there by appointment... Presidential Appointment. Do you think this makes a difference in whether NASA is a purely scientific venture or not? I do.

Meet Michael Griffin appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005...

Dr. Griffin currently holds seven degrees. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1971; a Master of Science in Engineering in aerospace science from the Catholic University of America in 1974; a Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977; a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1979; a Master of Science in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1983; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 1990; and a Master of Science in civil engineering from George Washington University in 1998.

Dr. Griffin was also working toward an MS in computer science at Johns Hopkins University before being appointed as NASA chief. He has worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab and APL. Dr. Griffin has been a professor at various universities, teaching courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics, and introductory aerospace engineering. He is the lead author of more than two dozen technical papers, and is co-author with James R. French of the graduate astronautical engineering textbook, "Space Vehicle Design." ISBN 1-56347-539-1 Dr. Griffin is also a general aviation flight instructor and pilot, and part-owner of a small airplane, a Grumman Tiger.

Other Experience:
Griffin's prior experience includes a previous stop at APL (Applied Physics Laboratory) in the 1980s, when he helped design the successful Delta 180 series of missile-defense technology satellites for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. After leaving APL in 1986, he served as the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization’s deputy for technology, then as the chief engineer and later Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA Headquarters.

In 1993, Michael Griffin wrote a letter criticizing problems in the design review process for the International Space Station, problems that the Clinton Administration and then-NASA Administrator Dan Goldin ignored, resulting in design changes that set the International Space Station program back several years.[citation needed]

In the years following his first tour with NASA, Griffin was president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, a private, non-profit enterprise funded by the Central Intelligence Agency to identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve national security interests. Griffin’s resume also includes leadership roles at Orbital Sciences Corporation and technical positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Computer Sciences Corporation.

Michael Griffin was formally sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney on June 28, 2005. Before his appointment as NASA Administrator, Griffin was president-elect of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is a member of the American Astronautical Society and International Academy of Astronautics.

In 2004, Michael Griffin was named head of the Space Department at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory [4]

Michael Griffin doesn't believe in Anthropogenic Warming to be settled science nor does he believe it is something we need to concern ourselves 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 — where and when — 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."

This is current NASA Chief Charles F. Bolden appointed by President Barrak Obama

This is his education:
BS Electrical Science
from US Naval Academy 1968
MS Systems Management from University of Southern California 1977
Other Experience:
Bolden is a gifted pilot and a highly decorated veteran. He flew many missions in Vietnam.
He was a recruiting officer.
He became an astronaut in 1981. His assignments dealt largely with safety.
He has flown 4 missions in space, considered very extensive experience.

Charles F. Bolden believes that Anthropogenic Warming is a grave concern. He believes in it because he's seen it with his own eyes.

Bolden flew 4 shuttle missions. Mission #1 in January of 1986. Mission #2 in end of April of 1990 Mission #3 in beginning of April 1992 Mission #4 in February of 1994.

So, he flew 4 mission in a period of eight years never leaving and arriving on the same dates. Everyone alive has experienced a light or a heavy winter. And, almost all of us have experienced something called seasons. In Utah January and April are two very different things. Just thinking out loud here, but there has to be more science to this man's science before we spend another Trillion dollars.. wouldn't you think?

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