Ellen Stofan holds master and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Americans ‘under siege’ from climate disinformation – former Nasa chief scientist
Fake news spread by those with a profit motive is leaving many people oblivious to the threat of climate change, says former head of US space agency.
Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Friday 9 June 2017 00.15 AEST
Americans are “under siege” from disinformation designed to confuse the public about the threat of climate change, Nasa’s former chief scientist has said.
Speaking to the Guardian, Ellen Stofan, who left the US space agency in December, said that a constant barrage of half-truths had left many Americans oblivious to the potentially dire consequences of continued carbon emissions, despite the science being unequivocal.
“We are under siege by fake information that’s being put forward by people who have a profit motive,” she said, citing oil and coal companies as culprits. “Fake news is so harmful because once people take on a concept it’s very hard to dislodge it.”
During the past six months, the US science community has woken up to this threat, according to Stofan, and responded by ratcheting up efforts to communicate with the public at the grassroots level as well as in the mainstream press.
“The harder part is this active disinformation campaign,” she said before her appearance at Cheltenham Science Festival this week. “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.”
Stofan added that while “fake news” is frequently characterised as a problem in the right-leaning media, she saw evidence of an “erosion of people’s ability to scrutinise information” across the political spectrum. “All of us have a responsibility,” she said. “There’s this attitude of ‘I read it on the internet therefore it must be true’.”
This Climate Alarmist/Climate Activist masquerading as a Geologist and “Scientist” appears to be completely ignorant of the 600 million year geological history of the earth. Never, I repeat Never with an N, over 600 million years has CO2 ever caused catastrophic warming. CO2 has been as high as 7,000 parts per million, almost 20x the level of today, and the Earth never experienced catastrophic warming. In fact, SEA LIFE thrived during the Cambrian era when CO2 was highest. During the Triassic and Jurassic era, when CO2 was 3,000 parts per million, the largest animals to ever exist roamed the earth. The earth fell into an ice age during the Carboniferous era when CO2 was 4,000 parts per million. The basic physical properties of CO2 and the physics supporting the greenhouse gas effect simply don’t support the CAGW theory, especially when put in the context of the range of atmospheric CO2 possible on earth, ie the pure CO2 atmosphere of Venus can never happen here on earth. The unfortunate truth is that a real understanding of the CO2 molecule and greenhouse gas effect is demonstrated.
The unfortunate truth is that a real understanding of the CO2 molecule and greenhouse gas effect is demonstrated in the geological record. The marginal impact of CO2 DECREASES with each additional molecule. CO2 has a natural “off switch” and is designed to NEVER cause catastrophic warming. That is why earth’s temperatures appear to peak out at approximately 22° C regardless of the level of CO2. That is the real story, the story the climate alarmists will never explain to the public or press. Instead, they hide behind phony liberal academic degrees and titles at once prestigious scientific organizations like NASA. NASA should have all its “scientists” study this following chart and stop allowing ex-employees from further tarnishing their already greatly diminished reputation. Denying geologic and physical science and history isn’t a position NASA should be promoting.
Related Topic: Click the link to read more about the GEOCARB model that supports the above graphic.
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