March 28, 2012
The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr.
Washington, D.C. 20546-0001
…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.
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.