The agency rockets back to its original mission: Space exploration!
Another of our bloated, inefficient agencies is about to undergo serious climate change under Donald Trump’s incoming administration.
The President-Elect is planning to eliminate all climate change research conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of his fight against climate alarmist policies.
Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.
This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasa’s network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science division’s budget set to grow to $2bn next year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.
Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as “politically correct environmental monitoring”.
“We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research,” Walker told the Guardian. “Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission.
Actually, there is a whole agency that already deals with climate: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I know…they are one of my clients.
Mission creep has long been a problem, especially during the Obama years. For example, the Envirnmental Protection Agency has been so focused on life-sustaining carbon dioxide, it has failed to protect against real pollutants (such as lead). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been more focused on life-style issues than infectious diseases.
And who could forget Obama’s Muslim outreach directive to NASA?
So, returning agencies to their original mission tracks seems like a sensible idea whose time has come.
Trump has just announced that former NASA director Chris Shank will be leading the transition team for the agency.
…Shank has extensive experience with NASA, both working in the agency itself as well as on Capitol Hill. He joins the transition team after serving as policy director for the House Science Committee and, before that, as deputy chief of staff for Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the committee. Shank also served on the committee’s staff from 2001 to 2005.
Shank worked for NASA from 2005 to 2009, during the tenure of administrator Mike Griffin. At NASA, he was director of strategic investments, responsible for the development of the agency’s budget. He also led the agency’s office of strategic communications, working on legislative affairs and public outreach. After leaving NASA, he briefly worked for the Applied Physical Laboratory and Honeywell before returning to Congress.
One of the biggest myths offered to support climate change assertions is that 97% of all scientists agree with recent politically-based theories. An actual survey that has been conducted with over 1,000 earth scientists shows that a majority of these professionals do not believe man’s use of fossil fuels is causing a global warming crisis.
…Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.
In other words, the consensus actually is that mankind is not causing significant change on the global climate.
It will be great to see NASA return to focusing on space exploration again, especially as the move has a basis in real science, supported by real scientists.