Apollo astronauts – climate realists
Fifty years ago, Apollo XI was on its way to the moon. It was one of the greatest scientific achievements in history.
America’s pioneers in space were “steely-eyed missile men;” a term they devised which meant no-nonsense, quick-thinking, objective, problem solvers. They had to be. There was no room for fudged data, dodgy math, or politically correct science. It was a matter of life or death.
A few years ago a huge number of astronauts, space engineers and mission control staff co-signed a strongly-worded letter to NASA asking the space agency to knock off the climate campaigning and get back to hard space science.
We posted the entire letter and list of signatories at CFACT.org. Here’s a sample:
We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.
The names of those who signed the letter, or have otherwise spoken in favor of climate realism, are stunning. They are larger than life.
In America, if it doesn’t make the movies, or TV, it didn’t happen. Hollywood has immortalized these scientific titans time and again, yet the media won’t report where they stand on climate.
Consider commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing by binge-watching HBO’s excellent series From the Earth to the Moon, which has just been digitally remastered. Tom Hanks does a splendid job both narrating, and producing this important historical take. He did similar great work with Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
While watching HBO’s and other great films about America’s exploration of space, keep your eyes open for some of the world’s most carefully selected, vetted, and respected scientific experts, who also number among the world’s most respected climate skeptics.
On Friday, you’ll see Buzz Aldrin celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his historic moon landing. He’s what he told The Daily Mail not long ago:
I think the climate has been changing for billions of years. If it’s warming now, it may cool off later. I’m not in favor of just taking short-term isolated situations and depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today. I’m not necessarily of the school that we are causing it all, I think the world is causing it.
Among the many slurs the global warming Left likes to hurl at those of us who correct their dogma is “Flat Earthers.” Would they try that one on Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham, Jack Schmitt, Charlie Duke, Al Worden and the rest? They’ve seen the curvature of the Earth from a unique perspective.
Walt Cunningham was a member of the courageous Apollo VII crew. They were the first to launch into the space after the loss of Apollo One to fire and tragedy. Walt has worked closely with CFACT, accompanying us to UN Summits in Poland, and Peru and speaking on college campuses. In Peru he jumped off a mountain on a hang glider (he was born in 1932) to highlight his conviction that climate science is anything but settled. You should have seen the faces of the Obama team manning the NASA display at a UN climate conference when Colonel Cunningham walked in and challenged them point blank.
Jack Schmitt is the preeminent scientist to walk on the Moon. Here’s what he said at a recent project Apollo commemoration:
I’m a geologist. I know the Earth is not nearly as fragile as we tend to think it is. It has gone through climate change, it is going through climate change at the present time… Right now, in my profession, there is no evidence. There are models. But models of very, very complex natural systems are often wrong. The observations that we make as geologists, and observational climatologists, do not show any evidence that human beings are causing this.
When America’s Apollo astronauts speak out, attention must be paid.
For nature and people too,
Astronauts and scientists send letter to NASA: Stop global warming advocacy
Washington, DC – At a House global warming hearing on Capitol Hill on April 24, 2009, former Vice President Al Gore once again compared skeptics of man-made climate fears to “people who still believe that the moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Arizona.” Gore appears ignorant that his several years old analogy has been refuted by two of NASA’s moonwalkers themselves — Moonwalker and Award-Winning NASA Astronaut/Geologist Jack Schmitt – who recently declared he was a global warming skeptic and now, Award-Winning NASA Astronaut and Moonwalker Dr. Buzz Aldrin.
Gore was not asked during his April 24, 2009 Congressional hearing how he can link climate skeptics to people who believed the moon landing was “staged” when two prominent moonwalkers themselves are man-made global warming skeptics. (Also see: Global temps ‘have plunged .74°F since Gore released ‘An Inconvenient Truth’)
NASA’s Dr. Aldrin — who earned a Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT — declared he was skeptical of man-made climate fears in a July 3, 2009 UK Telegraph interview.
“I think the climate has been changing for billions of years,” Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, said. On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and astronaut Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on the Moon. According to his bio, “Aldrin has received three U.S. patents for his schematics of a modular space station, Starbooster reusable rockets, and multi-crew modules for space flight.” Aldrin was also decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award and he has received numerous distinguished awards and medals from 23 other countries.
“If it’s warming now, it may cool off later. I’m not in favor of just taking short-term isolated situations and depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today,” Aldrin explained.
“I’m not necessarily of the school that we are causing it all, I think the world is causing it,” Aldrin added.
Aldrin joins fellow moonwalker Schmitt, who flew on the Apollo 17 mission, in declaring their skepticism of man-made global warming fears.
“The ‘global warming scare’ is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities,” Schmitt, who flew on the Apollo 17 mission, said in 2008. (See: Astronaut Jack Schmitt Joins Skeptics & For Gore, a very inconvenient moonwalker.)
Schmitt is featured in the 2009 report: U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claim.
Below is Schmitt’s full entry in the Senate’s 700 Plus Scientist Report:
Award-Winning NASA Astronaut/Geologist and Moonwalker Jack Schmitt, formerly of the Norwegian Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey, who flew on the Apollo 17 mission, has received numerous awards in his career including the Space Center Superior Achievement Award and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Schmitt, a member of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, rejected man-made climate change concerns in 2008. “The ‘global warming scare’ is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities,” Schmitt wrote on November 17, 2008. “As a geologist, I love Earth observations. But it is ridiculous to tie this objective to a “consensus” that humans are causing global warming when human experience, geologic data and history, and current cooling can argue otherwise. ‘Consensus,’ as many have said, merely represents the absence of definitive science,” Schmitt explained.
- S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – March 2009
Oops! Inconvenient Astronaut: NASA Moonwalker Schmitt Defies Gore’s Claim — Declares Himself a Skeptic! – April 25, 2009