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  •  In Defense of Griffin (1+ / 0-)
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    My Stupid Opinion

    I will write a whole post about this some time, but I find Dr. Griffin to be highly capable.  The incident concerning censoring Dr. Hansen was entirely political and when Griffin found out who was behind it he fired their ass.

    Perhaps the best thing about Mike Griffin however, is that he WANTS THE JOB.  And to all the people here who post about how he's "got to go" I ask - who will take his place - who is willing to.

    Finally, I know many of you like Lori Garver.  So do I.  Here's some news for you all: she will do a comprehensive study of NASA and its hierarchy and will in the end send the report to President Obama recommending that he keep Griffin on as administrator.  Mark my words.

    •  She has said she doesn't want it (1+ / 0-)
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      multiple people have said as much.  

      As for who would want the job, and who should take it, there are many people that could, and I would argue, should be considered.  I've offered up a couple of lists already, and I intend to finish that list, hopefully before a decision is made.

      Wanting the job isn't enough - you have to be good at it, as well.  Girffin's problems are limited just to the "incident" with Dr. Hansen - the current plan is a terrible plan.  And he has publicly said that he doesn't think global warming is a problem.  

      He has got to go.

      •  If (1+ / 0-)
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        Griffin doesn't think climate change is a problem, like he truly believes that, I'll jump on board and call for his immediate firing/resignation.

        That would really surprise me however - I know Dr. Griffin and he's a very smart guy.  If he just let the Bush administration strong-arm him into saying something along those lines then shame on him, but I think he'll be better under a Democrat.

        Until then - I really think we should invite Dr. Griffin to live blog here, let him answer all this for himself.  I'll see if I can't get a hold of his email.

        •  Judge for yourself (1+ / 0-)
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             It has been mentioned that NASA is not spending as much money as it could to study climate change — global warming — 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 — pretty well nailed down the conclusion that much of that is manmade. Whether that is a longterm concern or not, I can't say.

             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 — 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.

          Emphasis mine - you can hear it directly from him via NPR

          As for bringing him here to live blog - I would welcome it.  I don't expect him to do it, and as I said, the current plan is a mess, whether he'll admit it or not.  There are things he could do to demonstrate that its not a mess, but he hasn't done that.  

    •  Why, when he has expressed contempt... (0+ / 0-)

      ...for the administration and everyone else associated with it?

      Because of his obstructionism, he's less likely to be retained, not more.

      There are a number of people in NASA who are just as good or better in technological expertise, and are better at associating with human beings.

      The last week has been Griffin's swan song, and I think he knows it but just doesn't care.

    •  Reasonable Guess (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that this could well happen, BUT ONLY if the transition team has a firm idea of what changes need to be made AND believe that Griffin will fully support them.

      If they do recommend replacing him, it won't be with a bean-counter who doesn't get the big picture, or an industry hack.

      Like so many things - I'm cautiously optimistic that space solar power ideas like John Mankin's Fresh Start report focused on, will finally get serious attention in Obama's NASA.

      Surprise, we live in a Left-Of-Center Nation! Act accordingly.

      by VA Gal on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 02:42:19 PM PST

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