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Ex-NASA scientist warns of ‘climate disinformation campaign’

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The American people are “under siege” from an “active disinformation campaign” in regards to climate science – a campaign perpetuated by fossil fuel companies and others “who have a profit motive,” former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan told a British newspaper on Thursday.

Speaking with The Guardian prior to an appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival late last week, Dr. Stofan, who left the US space agency last December, said that the spread of fake news on the issue had left many Americans oblivious to the real, growing threat of climate change.

“We are under siege by fake information that’s being put forward by people who have a profit motive,” she told Hannah Devlin, a science correspondent with the UK publication. “Fake news is so harmful because once people take on a concept it’s very hard to dislodge it.”

The spread of false information, primarily by oil and coal companies that have a vested interest in preventing regulations limiting carbon emissions, has been increasing countered by scientists who have launched a grassroots effort to spread climate research, she noted. However, she said, experts still face an uphill battle in making sure that the public has the facts on the issue.

“I’m always wondering if these people honestly believe the nonsense they put forward. When they say ‘It could be volcanoes’ or ‘the climate always changes’… to obfuscate and to confuse people, it frankly makes me angry,” Dr. Stofan said. She said that much of the problem is due to an “erosion of people’s ability to scrutinize information.”

Don’t count on an interplanetary migration to bail us out

Dr. Stofan’s resignation in December had nothing to do directly with the 2016 Presidential election and the subsequent ascension of Donald Trump – a noted climate science skeptic – to the office of chief executive. Even so, she told The Guardian, “I’m glad I’m not there now.”

Despite any issues she might have with the current administration’s handling of climate change, the former NASA scientist said that she was pleased with the continued commitment to the Mars program in the most recent national budget. She also expressed relief that cuts to NASA’s Earth science programs were relatively small ($167 million from a $1.75 billion budget).

She also dismissed the notion put forth by many – including the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk – that humanity should begin searching for a way to colonize another world, should we screw up the planet we’re living on beyond repair. “I don’t see a mass transfer of humanity to Mars, ever,” she cautioned, telling The Guardian, “Job one is to keep this planet habitable. I’d hate us to lose focus on that.”

Dr. Stofan was appointed chief scientist of NASA on August 25, 2013 after working as the vice president of Maryland-based Proxemy Research and as an honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London. Her research focused on the geology of Earth, Mars, Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan, the agency said. She also worked on the Cassini mission, the Mars Express Mission’s MARSIS sounder and the proposed Titan Mare Explorer.


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    • Canderson

      Stofan has spent most of her career studying Venus, a planet with a major greenhouse effect — a fancy term for a planet’s atmosphere trapping the sun’s heat and warming its surface.

      Here on Earth, NASA satellites are seeing a similar trend, and it’s veering toward dangerous levels. This warming trend is bad news for our ability to grow food.

      This wouldn’t be the first time human-caused climate change has affected our ability to grow food, Stofan pointed out. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which had a devastating effect on agriculture in the US and Canada, can be traced to poor farming practices and severe drought brought on by climate change. [Whoa! I thought anthropogenic global warming started in the second half of C20, not the first half! She doesn't even have her Warmist gospel straight]

      I quote Ms Stofan: “Photosynthesis declines rapidly at temperatures above about 95 degrees Fahrenheit”. Has the good woman never heard of the tropics? I was born in the tropics and temperatures there are very commonly above 95F, quite a bit above sometimes. So were the plants around me all dying? Not on your Nelly! You’ve never seen such vigorous growth. They’ll almost leap out and grab you and yours if you let them. So they were all photosynthesizing like mad, in other words. I think the woman must be mad.

    • Canderson

      Communism is essentially a deceitful system of international elite control. It was not suppressed during the McCarthy era. Rather it morphed into the

      New Left, Counter Culture, Civil Rights, Anti War and Woman’s Liberation Movements, and later into a plethora of elite-sponsored NGO’s, and media,

      Democratic and Republican party factions, Liberal, Zionist, Labor, and Gay Rights groups. Like the CPUSA itself, these groups are controlled from the

      top so their memberships are unaware of being used.

      Environmental Socialism
      1970s–1990s – Rise of environmentalism and engagement with Marxism and ‘actually existing socialism’

      “In Searching For A New Enemy To Unite Us, We Came Up With The Threat Of Global Warming”

      Anthropogenic “climate change”, and the control of carbon dioxide (energy) has deep roots in a radical, yet gravely misguided campaign to reduce the

      world’s population.

      A misanthropic agenda engineered by the environmental movement in the mid 1970’s, who realised that doing something about “global warming” would play to quite a number of its social agendas.

      “The common enemy of humanity is man.
      In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
      with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming (changed to climate change),
      water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these
      dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through
      changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome.
      The real enemy then, is humanity itself.“
      – Club of Rome,
      premier environmental think-tank,
      consultants to the United Nations

      “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the
      industrialized civilizations collapse?
      Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
      – Maurice Strong,
      founder of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

      (Agenda 21, 2030)

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