From the AP courtesy of Wired:
Unfortunately, Mr. Griffin, it has become more of a religious issue than a political or technical one.
NASA Head Regrets Global Warming Remarks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The head of NASA told scientists and engineers that he regrets airing his personal views about global warming during a recent radio interview, according to a video of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press.
NASA administrator Michael Griffin said in the closed-door meeting Monday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena that "unfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it."
Uh-oh. That's not going to be received nicely amongst your peers Mr. Griffin. I do believe that under the current dogma, its something that not only must be dealt with it must be dealt with in the next 10 years or we'll all be dog-paddling!
"All I can really do is apologize to all you guys ... I feel badly that I caused this amount of controversy over something like this," he said.
Griffin made headlines last week when he told a National Public Radio interviewer he wasn't sure global warming was a problem.
"I have no doubt that ... a trend of global warming exists," Griffin said on NPR. "I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with."
Oh thanks AP! At least you put that could word in there. Which is essentially what Mr. Griffin was saying wasn't it?
An international panel this year predicted that uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions could drive up global temperatures and trigger heat waves, devastating droughts and super storms. Observations by NASA satellites show evidence of rapidly melting glaciers and shrinking of critical marine plant life due to warmer seas.
How novel! Provide data, and let policy makers make..... policy! Burn him at the stake!
The radio interview angered some climate scientists, who called his remarks ignorant.
Griffin reiterated that NASA's job was to provide scientific data on global warming and leave it up to policy makers to decide what to do with it.