Dr. John S. Theon, a retired NASA atmospheric scientist has stated that James Hansen – one of Al Gore’s go-to climate gurus – is a public embarrassment to NASA.
Theon wrote a letter to Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) office at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. From Theon’s e-mail, with emphasis mine.
Yes, one could say that I was, in effect, Hansen’s supervisor because I had to justify his funding, allocate his resources, and evaluate his results. I did not have the authority to give him his annual performance evaluation. He was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it). He thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress.
My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit. Furthermore, some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor explain how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so that it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy.
Hinderaker at Power Line lists some pretty impressive credentials and states:
This is one of the bluntest repudiations of global warming hysteria I have seen by an eminent scientist in the field. Sadly, we now have global warming hysterics in charge of environmental policy in the Obama administration.
Inhofe’s office has released full details at the committee’s Web site, including details into Theon’s work experience and publications. He has also posted the video below on his YouTube channel.
Update: I’m tired. My original intent when starting this piece was to reference Al Gore testifying at the House Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 28, and note he got press coverage and real scientists like Dr. John Theon will be ignored. When I just saw Gore referenced in the headline when I went to the home page, I said “oh sugar”.