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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.

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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.  

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