NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in the closed-door meeting Monday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena that “unfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical, and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it.”
“All I can really do is apologize to all you guys…. I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this,” he said.
Two problems should jump out about Griffin’s “apology.” First, the NASA administrator isn not at all sorry about his harebrained idea that warming could be a good thing, he just regrets that he made the mistake of telling anyone about it. Griffin’s gaffe, as they usually do, came in the form of inadvertently telling the truth. Second, if Griffin really cared about the climate he would stop defunding climate research and he would not have changed NASA’s mission statement to remove any reference to monitoring and safeguarding the Earth.
Griffin is still a moron about climate and he still means to cut off research that might help us understand it better. Worse, he thinks his critics will settle for soothing words and a non-denial denial.