Did NASA Climatologist Just Say We Will Have Global Cooling?
Lisa Haven, writing for the right wing web site Before It’s News, predicts a wide range of disaster for 2015. She forecasts “the rise of a One World Religion, an economic collapse, policed streets, and more Biblical end times signs… riots, earthquakes and likely numerous deaths“. Yet, the headshot that goes along with her byline looks cheery, even perky. Lisa Haven seems to be happy about the disasters to come.
Among her predictions for 2015: “Another thing that we could see on the horizon for 2015 is that NASA climatologist John L. Casey believes another mini Ice Age could be headed our way despite Al Gore’s long held belief that the world is warming. It seems our brilliant scientists can’t seem make up their minds whether our earth is cooling or warming. Could it be that all of this nonsense is just a ploy in the great lie of the now dubbed ‘Climate Change?’”
Is this true? Has a NASA climatologist analyzed scientific data to predict that 2015 will be a year of global cooling?
In any honest examination of this claim, the first thing that becomes apparent is that John L. Casey is not employed by NASA. Casey can only claim to have once worked as a “consultant to NASA Headquarters performing space shuttle and space station analysis.”
The word “consultant” can apply to many things these days, including independent contractors who are hired to wash windows. So, we now need to ask ourselves what kind of consulting John L. Casey has the training to perform. The answer is that he has a masters degree in management. He has earned no degrees in science of any kind, much less climatology in particular.
The “analysis” that John L. Casey conducted as a consultant for NASA might well have been supply chain analysis, or human resources analysis, but climatological analysis for NASA is not likely a bullet point on his resume. The very fact that Casey describes himself as conducting analysis of space shuttle and space station activities suggests that he wasn’t really working directly on analyzing climate data. The bulk of the data that has led scientists to conclude that the Earth’s climate is warming has not come directly fromthe space station or any space shuttle.
So, no, John L. Casey is not a NASA climatologist. He is the chief executive, leading public relations official, and only employee of the Space and Science Research Center. Which proudly announces that Casey “was named “America’s best climate prediction expert,” by Watchdogwire.com in March 2013.”
John L. Casey is, however, one of the “experts” cited by U.S. Senator James Inhofe. This tells us something of the level of serious policy analysis we can expect from the incoming Republican majority in the Senate.