For a rocket scientist who holds seven degrees, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin sure doesn’t seem to get the basic concept of cause and effect.

First, he refused to cooperate with the Obama transition team because they were “not qualified” to judge his pet project.

Now, worried that his job might be in jeopardy, Rebecca Griffin has decided to launch a public marketing blitz to help her husband keep his plum position at the top of NASA.

Is anyone really surprised?

After all, Mr. Griffin may have a scientific background, but as any lackey in the Bush knows, spin always trumps science, no exceptions allowed.

Remember when Mr. Griffin sacrificed his integrity by secretly editing the NASA mission statement to exclude the phrase to “protect the home planet” so he could later claim that his agency’s work did not include fighting global warming.

Hmmm, and what about his very unscientific comments on NPR’s Morning Edition.

In an interview broadcast yesterday on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program, Griffin was asked by NPR’s Steve Inskeep whether he is concerned about global warming.

“I have no doubt that a trend of global warming exists,” Griffin told Inskeep. “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,” Griffin said. “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.”

Right, nothing could be more arrogant than trying to maintain a planetary climate which sustains about 6.7 billion people, countless ecosystems, and wildlife.  Talk about elitism.

If Obama truly wants to put science at the top of his agenda and “restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology” then political hacks like current NASA administrator Michael Griffin have to go.

No exceptions.

Climate Change: It’s Evolving…….

Gee.  I didn’t think Bush or any of his toadies believed in evolution.  My bad.

From Think Progress:

Dobriansky also praised Bush for his “evolving” position on climate change action, claiming Bush has moved toward multilateralism at the end of his term:

She added: “President Bush said very early on in his administration, ‘we will act, we will learn and we will act again.’ And our approach has been an evolutionary one. I think you have seen an evolution from the beginning of the administration to the present time.”

There has been virtually no evolution towards climate change multilateralism under Bush. In March 2001, Bush unilaterally repudiated Kyoto and has repeatedly rejected international climate agreements. Today is no different. The U.S. is continuing to stall progress at Poznan, still opposing a global cap-and-trade system because it is allegedly “too costly.”

Interior Department Probe Reveals Oil-Related Corruption, “Culture Of Substance Abuse And Promiscuity” | Huffington Post…….

Hold it.

Is this the same Department of Interior which refused to list polar bears as an endangered species because it would force the U.S. government to finally regulate the country’s CO2 emissions?

Oh yeah, and right this very moment isn’t Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne trying to gut the Endangered Species Act because he is worried it could be used after Bush leaves office to limit the impact of greenhouse gas emissions to protect other species from global warming.

Hmm.  If I didn’t know any better, I would think the Department of the Interior was in bed with the oil industry.

Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties partied, had sex with and accepted golf and ski outings from employees of energy companies they were dealing with, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 former and current Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with _ and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from _ oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general.

Never mind.

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Stop the Bush/Cheney Attack on The Endangered Species Act…….

Now that time is running short, the Bush Administration is no longer content waging its guerrilla war against the Endangered Species Act. 

Instead, Bush plans–once again–to circumvent Congress and gut the Endangered Species Act through an Executive Order.

The Defenders of Wildlife outline what is at stake:

The Bush/Cheney administration has just proposed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act that would roll back decades of protection and prevent federal agencies from trying to protect endangered species from one of the biggest threats they face – global warming.

This new proposal, much of which has been previously rejected by Congress, would allow federal officials to bypass current requirements for independent, scientific review of development projects. Instead, federal officials could decide for themselves whether new development would harm endangered wildlife – with the burden of accountability falling on citizens to file lawsuits.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne admitted that these changes have been proposed to make sure that the Endangered Species Act would not be used to regulate the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions to protect polar bears and other species from global warming. In fact, agencies would be specifically forbidden from considering a project’s emissions and the effect those would have on wildlife and habitat.

If you oppose this latest assault on the Endangered Species Act, click here to tell Secretary Kempthorne to stop this back-door attack on the Endangered Species Act and the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Appalachian Residents Have Found the Antidote to Coal | Alternet…….

wind power

What better piece to follow Gore’s national challenge to generate electricity carbon-free by 2018?

People all across America are tired of politicians caving in to special interests and settling on dangerous, out-dated, and ineffective solutions to the nation’s energy woes.

No one better embodies this national sentiment than the heroic coal mining families in West Virginia, who are fighting a strip mine proposal which would effect over 10 square miles in the Coal River Valley.

Instead of accepting the inevitability of coal, the local community has boldly embraced the future and offered a counter proposal: The Coal River Mountain Wind Project.

Alternet has a list of the positives:

Consider this: The Coal River Mountain Wind Project would:

  • Create 200 local employment opportunities during construction, and 50 permanent jobs during the life of the wind farm. It takes only 35 years for a wind farm to provide a greater number of one-year jobs than the proposed four surface mines combined.
  • Provide 440MW or enough energy for 150,000 homes — indefinitely, as well as a sustained tax income that could be used for the construction of new schools for the county.
  • Allow for concurrent uses of the mountain, including harvesting of wild ginseng and valuable forest plants, sustainable forestry, and mountain tourism, as Coal River Mountain is one of West Virginia’s finest mountains.
  • Preserve the historic Coal River Mountain heritage, and protect the land and communities from blasting, dusting, poisonous drinking water, increased flooding, damaged homes and personal property, and devastated wildlife habitat.

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GAO:Interior Dept.Officials Politicized Endangered Species | Think Progress…….

Julie MacDonald, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Interior Department had a history of putting industrial interests above scientific studies when assessing endangered species cases. As it turns out, she was not alone. Four officials, with a direct link to the Interior secretary’s office, did the same.

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