NASA Chief Griffin Stands By His Luddite Remarks — as Space Agency Guts Climate Science Work

NASA administrator Michael Griffin offered a lame apology for his Denyer remarks on climate change. The Associated Press reports Griffin “regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview.” That is, he apologized for speaking his mind. Sad.

In a related story, the media revealed a recent report on how NASA and the Bush administration are gutting Earth observation work crucial to tracking climate change:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration is drastically scaling back efforts to measure global warming from space, just as the president tries to convince the world the U.S. is ready to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases.

A confidential report to the White House, obtained by The Associated Press, warns that U.S. scientists will soon lose much of their ability to monitor warming from space using a costly and problem-plagued satellite initiative begun more than a decade ago.

The December 2006 report is available here. A summary and analysis is available from ClimateScienceWatch (here and here).

Who can doubt that the unfolding tragedy at NASA is in part due to having a global warming denyer run the agency?

Here’s some hilarious commentary from Stephen Colbert, via ThinkProgress.

One last point: Drudge reported the top story as “NASA chief apologizes for comments skeptical of global warming….” But that gives the misimpression he was apologizing for what he said, when in fact he was only apologizing for the fact that he said what he believed.