NASA Climate Scientists Threatens To Resign If Trump Cuts Funding

gavinNASA’s top climate scientist urged President-elect Donald Trump to keep paying for global warming programs, but threatened to resign if Trump censored his science.

Dr. Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin), the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told the Independent he and other government scientists are “not going to stand” for any funding cuts or other interference in their work.

“The point is simple: the climate is changing and you can try to deny it, you can appoint people who don’t care about it into positions of power, but regardless nature has the last vote on this,” Schmidt, told The Independent Thursday. “It’s something we’re going to have to deal with sooner or later, and it’s better sooner rather than later. We don’t have a choice if we’re going to deal with it.”

Trump has called global warming a “hoax,” “mythical,” a “con job,” “nonexistent,” and “bullshit.” Trump views policies created to fight global warming as hurting U.S. manufacturing competitiveness with China.

When The Independent asked Schmidt what he would do if Trump told him global warming was a hoax, Schmidt replied: “With respect, that’s not actually true.”

Schmidt went on to say he’d consider resigning if Trump didn’t embrace his vision of NASA as an environmental research institution or threatened to censor him.

Trump’s space policy focuses on eliminating bureaucratic waste and cutting back on environmental science research so the agency can pursue more ambitious goals, like sending humans to Mars.

NASA’s budget includes more than $2 billion for its Earth Science Mission Directorate, which works to improve climate modeling, weather prediction and natural hazard mitigation. NASA’s other functions, such as astrophysics and space technology, are only getting a mere $781.5 and $826.7 million, respectively, in the budget proposal.

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    Amber

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    Schmidt sounds like all those Hollywood actors who threaten to hold their breath unless they get their way and or move to Canada . (Like Canada wants them ) .
    He would consider resigning ? Oh my no !
    He would be better considering waiting for a severance because the $2 billion NASA climate modeling budget is low hanging fruit that is about to get picked .
    Climate changes, it is warming , halleluiah !
    The really important thing is the climate modellers should not delete data used to produce claims of ” record ” temperatures . $ Billions have been taken from tax payers based on climate models that have a solid track record of grossly overestimating temperatures.. with respect .
    Lets see now Satellite data or human manipulated climate models and data sets . Who you going to believe ? We can only hope that warming continues for a good long while .
    Schmidt is right about one thing “nature has the vote ” just like always and humans minuscule effect in the course of time isn’t even a rounding error .
    Put the $ 2 Billion into infrastructure and quit the BS that humans are somehow
    going to set the temperature in a 2 degree range based on manipulating a trace gas essential to life .

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      Rhee

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      What’s the delay Gavin?

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        Get Real

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        Yes, Gavin. What’s the delay?

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    Tregonsee

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    Sounds like a feature, not a bug.

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      Bill Vancouver

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      ….and good ridence……since when does a climate fear monger dictate to a president-elect? This guy is even worse than James Hansen.

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        JayPee

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        Gavin SHIT is nothing.
        He’s trying to call attention to himself so that some leftist extremist org hires him after he’s done at NASA.
        Typical self serving crap by a nothing who needs a job.

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    Anneke

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    His Twitter is “Climate of Gavin”? Seriously? Was “Climate God” already taken?

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    amirlach

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    Wait until Gavin and the boys have to pony up all the deleted emails and data… Oh wait? They already did the Clinton on them?

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    Old44

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    First thing I would be doing is to run a full audit on changes made to the temperature records.

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    Scronkeer

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    Goodbye Gavin. You are a con man, not a scientist.

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    gator69

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    CUT THE FUNDING!!!

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    prestigio

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    headline fantastic

    if we could only hope

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