Why Trump’s nominee to lead NASA is terrifying choice for the planet

November 6, 2017 by  
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In an administration that has been defined by its disdain for scientific concensus and even basic facts , it should come as no surprise that Jim Bridenstine, former Republican Congressman and President Trump’s nominee to lead NASA , has no scientific background. During a recent Senate confirmation hearing , Bridenstine claimed that while humans are contributing to climate change, there is no way of knowing to what extent – a statement that goes against scientific consensus. Bridenstine has aggressively denied climate science in the past , has gone so far as to introduce legislation that would eliminate Earth science from NASA’s mission statement, and seems poised to ignore scientific evidence even if appointed to lead what is perhaps the most iconic institution of engineering and science in American government . During his Senate hearing, Bridenstine was questioned by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who took issue with Bridenstine’s failure to acknowledge current science. In response to a question on the factors that contribute to climate change, Bridenstine responded that “it’s going to depend on a lot of factors and we’re still learning more about that every day. In some years you could say absolutely, in other years, during sun cycles and other things, there are other contributing factors that would have maybe more of an impact.” Bridenstine’s statement revealed his failure to understand climate change , which is measured over decades, not in year-to-year variations. The most recent IPCC report concluded that there is a 95% chance that humans are mainly responsible for the changing climate. Even a report from the Trump Administration reached the same conclusion. Related: The isolated Pacific graveyard where spaceships go to die In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) offered his endorsement of Bridenstine in an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel . “Jim Bridenstine has a firsthand perspective on the need to better understand our Earth and the behavior of the atmosphere,” Perlmutter wrote. “He has a keen awareness of the important Earth science missions NASA is undertaking and wants to continue to advance our understanding of the planet.” Although Bridenstine has pledged to keep NASA “apolitical,” his previous career as a Republican congressman seems likely to haunt his tenure at NASA, if he is confirmed. “I believe you’re going to get confirmed,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to Bridenstine during his confirmation hearing. “But, I would say to my Democratic friends on this committee, that if the confirmation ends up going down to a party-line vote, I think that would be deeply unfortunate for NASA and for the space community .” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1) , lead image via Wikimedia

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Trump plans to strip NASAs earth science division, promote mission to Mars

March 22, 2017 by  
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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed into law a new plan for NASA’s future . The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 calls for a $19.5 billion annual budget for the agency – not a major change from the agency’s $19.3 billion budget in 2016 – but the document seems to leave out the agency’s earth science division entirely. Trump claims this is simply a way of reaffirming the agency’s “core mission” of human space exploration, space science, and technology, but given how aggressively the new administration has gone after any agencies involved in atmospheric research, climate change denial is likely the underlying motive for the shift. Under the new act, Congressional Republicans have outlined a new roadmap for the agency’s future. The law calls on NASA to create a plan for humans to reach the surface of Mars by the 2030s, and to continue developing its Orion space capsule and its Space Launch System. The administration has also expressed a desire for NASA to return to the moon in the 2020s. Related: NASA releases startling new images showing 30 years of change on Earth What’s unclear is exactly how the new law will affect NASA’s earth science research. Trump’s proposed budget , however, may offer some clues. He hopes to cut the earth science budget by $102 million, potentially terminating a number of programs, including the   Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem  (PACE),  Orbital Carbon Observatory-3  (OCO-3),  Deep Space Climate Observatory  (DISCOVR), and  CLARREO Pathfinder missions. These four satellites help scientists monitor the Earth’s climate, weather, and oceans. While Trump may claim climate change is outside of the scope of NASA’s original research mission, that’s simply untrue. When NASA was formed in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Act explicitly called on the new agency to contribute to the “expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere.” The loss of these resources would be devastating to the larger scientific world, which often relies on NASA data for research. Related: Gov. Jerry Brown pledges to launch California’s “own damn satellite” if Trump blocks climate research It’s still far too early to know what might happen: the funding requested would be for the 2018 fiscal year, so any cuts wouldn’t be felt immediately. The proposed budget also has to be reviewed and approved by Congress before anything is set in stone. Hopefully, lawmakers will see the value in maintaining some of these programs, even if Trump doesn’t. Via Business Insider Images via   NASA

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375 members of National Academy of Sciences pen open letter on the "serious risks of climate change"

September 22, 2016 by  
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In the face of those who continue to deny climate change , 375 leading scientists who are members of the National Academy of Sciences penned an open letter addressing the consequences of such dangerous denial. The signers include 30 Nobel laureates. They work at top universities around the world. Stephen Hawking is a signer, as is former NASA scientist Jim Hansen . The scientists wrote their letter as a warning of what could happen should a US president withdraw from the Paris climate agreement . “Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases . This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate,” the scientists write in their letter published on the Responsible Scientists website. Related: Would a Trump presidency undo the UN climate change agreement? According to the scientists, we can see climate change in phenomenon such as sea level rise , the melting of Arctic sea ice, and ocean acidification . The scientists spoke out to those who maintain we need “absolute certainty” to know if we are truly causing climate change before taking action. “Absolute certainty is unattainable,” they said, and that they are “certain beyond a reasonable doubt” that climate change is real, caused by humans, and dangerous. The scientists also spoke out against the “Republican nominee for President” who has said he might withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement in a “Parexit.” The scientists were clear when they wrote, “Walking away from Paris makes it less likely that the U.S. will have a global leadership role, politically, economically, or morally.” They said climate change is a global problem, requiring global strategies, and withdrawing from the Paris agreement would signal a departure from the global community. You can read the full letter at ResponsibleScientists.org. + Responsible Scientists Images via Pixabay and © Julian Osley under a Creative Commons License

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

January 27, 2015 by  
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Your opinions as to just how historic the great snowstorm of 2015 was probably vary greatly depending on where you are. If you’re in New England there may be a sense of “we’ll dig ourselves out eventually; while in NYC it’s more of a “wha, that’s it?” Yes, as ever, recent extreme weather patterns may be a result of climate change , and scientists believe that this—and future—winter storms have and will hit greater extremes as the result of a warming planet. Read the rest of Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change denial , climate science , global warming , juno , snow storm , Snowmageddon , superstorm , winter storm

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Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

October 15, 2014 by  
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Forecast the Facts is taking eBay to task for its support of climate change denial by calling for the tech giant to step down from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in a national day of action. When it comes to climate change denial, ALEC is best known for its Environmental Literacy Improvement Act that seeks “balanced” teaching about climate change – which amounts to mandating the teaching of climate change denial in public schools, according to Desmog . Read the rest of Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ALEC , American Legislative Exchange Council , Climate Change , climate change denial , climate deniers , ebay , ebay dumps alec , forecast the facts , global warming , global warming denial , Policy

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

September 5, 2014 by  
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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum . Read the rest of Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Museum of Natural History , big oil , Brooklyn , Climate Change , climate change denial , corporate sponsorship , David Koch , exhibitions , global warming , influence , Koch Brothers , Koch Industries , natural history museum , Not An Alternative , Queens museum , smithsonian

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ExxonMobil CEO: Climate Change Overblown By “Lazy” Press and “Illiterate” Public

June 29, 2012 by  
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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson made headlines around the world this week when the boss of the world’s biggest oil company acknowledged that climate change exists while giving a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. But that wasn’t all; climate change is real, but it’s nothing to worry about, Tillerson explained, blaming “lazy” journalists and an “illiterate” public for manufacturing fear. And even though he acknowledged that CO2 emissions are having an warming effect on the planet, society will be able to adapt, Tillerson asserted. Read the rest of ExxonMobil CEO: Climate Change Overblown By “Lazy” Press and “Illiterate” Public Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chairman , Climate Change , climate change denial , climate science , Exxon , exxonmobil , ExxonMobil CEO , fossil fuels , global warming , Mobil , oil companies , rex tillerson

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Artist Ruganzu Tusingwire Transforms Thousands of Plastic Bottles Into a Recycled Amusement Park for Ugandan Kids

June 29, 2012 by  
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Ugandan artist and teacher Ruganzu “Bruno” Tusingwire has created an amazing recycled amusement park for Ugandan children that is made from thousands of repurposed plastic bottles . The amusement park was designed for kids growing up in the slums who have limited access to safe areas for play and education. Tusingwire’s design gives the children a physiological and emotional lift through recreation, and the curious use of materials and inventive structures have sparked new ways for the children to learn from and engage with their environment. The project was just awarded the first  2012 TED Prize  at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar. Read the rest of Artist Ruganzu Tusingwire Transforms Thousands of Plastic Bottles Into a Recycled Amusement Park for Ugandan Kids Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco amusement park , green design , humanitarian relief efforts , recycled plastic bottle amusement park , recycled plastic bottle designs , Ruganzu “Bruno” Tusingwire , TED , TED 2012 , TED 2012 Winner , TED art , TED recipients 2012 , TED talks , uganda amusement park

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