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Next NASA Chief Nominee Doesn’t Believe in Climate Change

Discussion in 'Sea Save Foundation' started by Sea Save Foundation, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Sea Save Foundation

    Sea Save Foundation Sea Save Foundation Leader

    Representative Jim Bridenstine from Oklahoma is the Trump administration's pick for the next NASA chief. There is opposition from both parties, who point out that Bridenstine not only doesn’t believe in humans contributing to climate change, but he has no scientific background. Opponents worry that he will slash funding for climate change studies, since he sponsored a bill in the past that would have cut funding for NOAA’s climate studies.

    Read more here (story #2).

    What's your opinion of the pick for next NASA chief?

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  2. elbig

    elbig Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: West Palm Beach,Florida
    Since I think anthropogenic climate change has not been proven, I am fine the choice.
    Saboteur, J322Y, Caveeagle and 2 others like this.
  3. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Illinois
    No idea about him in particular, just a general live long struggle in dealing with people that are guided by believes more so than science, facts, insight, information , knowledge and the drive to obtain more of all that. The hair on the back of my neck always raises a bit when an argument starts with "I believe"... More so if in a science or engineering or business setting.
  4. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canyon Lake, TX
  5. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Assuming that's an upper level administrative post, is it unusual for a non-scientist to occupy it? I'm not familiar with what's typical for NASA, but a number of organizations have CEOs who aren't the type of professional they're known for (e.g.: a hospital administrator/CEO is not always a physician).

  6. okvij

    okvij Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Malaysia
    Finally NASA may do something meaningful.
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  7. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

    If you cut funding into climate research it is easier to continue the lie that humans have no impact on climate change. Mr Bridenstine sounds like a skilled politician. Since many people want this lie to be the truth and are prepared to block out all contradicting science and reason in order to continue to live a lie you might also question the (economic) value of continuing to provide ever more evidence that will not change the viewpoint of those that do not care about their children.

    The guy is a shoo in for the Trump administration.
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  8. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
    @drrich2, good question. In science agencies (NASA, USDA, NIH, etc.), the head typically has some serious science background along the way somewhere. Although the appointees sometimes diverge their careers into politics, historically, they have all at least started out as scientists.
  9. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
  10. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
    Let me try and stay within forum rules and not fire back a direct insult here.

    "People" who make claims that suggest I don't care about my children disgust me. They could not possible know what I have done, and am prepared to do for my child, or those of others.

    People who resort to character attacks over a differing point of view. There was a day when I could at least respect most liberals when I thought their misguided causes were at least honest, and heartfelt. Those days are largely gone.

    I have many conservative friends who identify as conservationists. We want to protect our environment, and many of which do more personally than 90% of Americans.

    It is a sign of your own weakness when you resort to personal attacks and ugliness.

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