Yes, Michael Griffins is remarkably courageous.
Global Warming research has been a lifesaver for many of my friends who are NASA scientists who otherwise would have lost their jobs due to cutbacks in the space program.
Even though here in the silicon valley, we have a large number of companies that employ scientists, the skill sets that are required are very specific.
Most of the NASA scientists that I have known that have lost their jobs due to budget cuts at NASA have not been successful at gaining employment in the private sector because their skill sets do not match the skill sets that are required in private industry.
When a NASA scientist loses his job, he does not get another one at anywhere near the pay that he was receiving at NASA.
If he does get another job in private industry it is at much lower pay. He no longer makes enough money to pay his mortgage payments. He has to sell his home or lose it to foreclosure.
He is no longer a hero to his wife and his children. He is no longer seen as a brilliant scientist who sacrificed many years of his life getting his Phd degree and many more years as a low paid post doctoral student while his friends were out partying..
He is now just another unemployed bum with no future whatsoever.
If he is willing to create a particularly frightening computer model of what the climate will become in the future if we do not stop burning fossil fuels, he can get another good paying job at NASA.
He is once again seen as a brilliant scientist and a hero again to his family and friends. He is no longer just another unemployed bum. The bank lets him keep his house and even refinances his mortgage at a lower interest rate.
Not all scientists are willing to create those frightening computer models, however those scientists that refuse to go along remain unemployed bums in the eyes of their family and friends. The bank forcloses on the house and the wife files for divorce. Their kids now hate them. Even their dog hates them. These scientists are usually devastated and slink off into the shadows never to be heard from again.
For obvious reasons the scientists who are on the Global Warming Research gravy train feel extremely threatened by anyone who dares to question whether or not Global Warming is as serious a problem as they are making it out to be and their computer models are making it out to be.
Michael Griffin deserves an award and our never ending thanks for making his views public.
Unfortunately so many of his colleagues feel threatened by his statements with respect to Global Warming, he will probably lose his job.
My friends who are past and present scientists with NASA.
· 1 decade ago