in which the scientists are unsettled

50 Top Astronauts, Scientists, Engineers Sign Letter Claiming Extremist GISS Is Turning NASA Into A Laughing Stock

March 28, 2012
The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr.
NASA Administrator
NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C. 20546-0001
Dear Charlie,

…can I call you Charlie? Chuck? Let’s go with Charlie.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.

But…but Al Gore! Hockey sticks! POLAR BEARS, DAMN YOU!

The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.

As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA’s current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

Silly sciengineerstronauts, you still think NASA is a foundation of research and exploration, not a public policy advocacy organ of the white house squatter-in-chief.

Please allow the government to disabuse you of that notion via one of its more infamous arms, the IRS, to whom you’ve kindly and conveniently provided your names.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.


(Attached signatures)

And then it goes on to list the signatures. I admit I’m not seeing names I recognize, but I’m just some guy on the internet.


  1. Annoyed White Male
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:29 am |

    I can’t find this anywhere but some blogs. I need a link to a large and reputable news source before I start waving this in faces. Hurry, I can hardly wait!

  2. mojo
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:36 am |

    “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the women. This is best.”

  3. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:56 am |

    Thanks for postin’ this, Apo. I couldn’t think of an original grabber for this item,
    but I recall a great one (can’t remember where I saw it, though).

    AGW ain’t rocket science. Hell, it ain’t even science.

  4. snap-e-tom
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:32 am |

    Ha, NASA scientists and engineers… wotta buncha dummies.

  5. apotheosis
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:38 am |

    AWM: Fox?

  6. Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:50 am |

    NASA has shut down the Constellation program, at Obama’s orders.

    JPL should just be spun off and put completely in charge of unmanned space flight, and NASA should be shut down as being completely redundant.

    Firing every last NASA administrator will only improve our space efforts.

    If we do return to manned space flight, a new agency should be created, and it should only exist as long as it actually does manned flight. And old NASA admins should be forbidden employment in it.

  7. Ironic in Denver
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    It is too late to save NASA, once a great agency with a great mission, from being a laughing stock.

    However, the effort is commendable.

  8. Annoyed White Male
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm |

    There’s nothing at Fox but a link back to the same blog!

  9. Justin Credible
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    Houston, you have a problem.

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:12 am |

    NASA plans a return to the moon. To assemble a large windmill complex…..