This is a good example of regulatory capture — when the people being regulated win over their supervisor to their viewpoint. It happens all the time. He looks a bit of a Shlemiel anyway so was probably not hard to capture
Another reason why he was quickly captured probably is that he knows nothing about science. In justifying himself, Bridenstine referred to “The Science” as having convinced him. Whenever anybody talks vaguely about “The Science” as his justification for believing in global warming that is a sure sign that he in fact knows nothing about the issues involved. He is just appealing to authority, which is almost always a dumb thing to do.
So it is no surprise that his only postgrad degree is an MBA, a singularly useless piece of paper. There is no MBA science. An MBA is just a grab bag of ideas from other disciplines and 40 Years Of Data Show The MBA Effectively Does Nothing — It Has No Impact. Success in business is all about handling people and you have either got that or you haven’t
I have read a number of comments from skeptics about Bridenstine’s poorly articulated views and their consensus is that Bridenstine wanted to be captured. He is a relatively young 42 and he wants to be accepted by the Green/Left establishment with a view to his future career when Trump has left the scene. We have a term for that in Australia: He is a “crawler”. To Australians, a crawler is the lowest of the low
NASA chief says he changed mind about climate change because he ‘read a lot’
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he changed his mind on the existence of man-made climate change because he “read a lot.”
“I heard a lot of experts, and I read a lot,” Bridenstine told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I came to the conclusion myself that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that we’ve put a lot of it into the atmosphere and therefore we have contributed to the global warming that we’ve seen. And we’ve done it in really significant ways.”
The former congressman from Oklahoma had long denied the scientific consensus on climate change and said in a 2013 speech on the House floor that “global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago.”
In May, Bridenstine first announced publicly that he now believes human activity is the main cause of climate change.
“The National Climate Assessment that includes NASA, and it includes the Department of Energy and it includes NOAA, has clearly stated it is extremely likely — is the language they use — that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming,” he said at a Senate Appropriations Committee subpanel’s hearing last month.
President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have not made similar pronouncements, however.