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Some of America's most famed and -- astronauts are upset with NASA.
For taking sides in the climate debate the agency says global warming might be quote.
Man made and call.
But its own scientists disagree has -- lowered its scientific standards to score political points.
Joining us from Houston former Apollo seven astronaut.
Walter Cunningham he signed a -- NASA's chief condemning the agency's position.
Unemployment change good morning with cunning in how we yield.
Good morning how are you that clearly I'm fine I'm I'm doing real well you see having a pretty fired up let's see what the complaint letter said.
As former NASA employees we feel that NASA's advocacy.
Of an extreme position prior to a thorough study -- a possible.
Overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers.
Is this about politics -- talk about.
It's gonna cause the damage to the reputation of of NASA.
And besides itself -- -- about politics or about science as to what NASA is doing now.
Well -- really yet to issues here from the first is whether.
This the new hypothesis that the alarmist or pushing on us but -- that in fact is valid or not that humans are causing.
Global warming that's the first issue.
The second issue is whether NASA should be out front taking name what is now become a very politicize.
Position when you start talking about.
Human caused global warming well let's take anything -- -- that -- -- take apart the two issues.
He isn't it what's the cause of climate change.
Well the cause of climate change we've been studying climate change now for centuries.
And there's a lot of factors that account for climate change and the probably the most significant one.
Is the sun itself and various other cycles that the earth find itself -- But.
About twenty or 22 years ago something like that.
The so called -- is now came up with a hypothesis -- says no no no we're the responsible for this.
And when that started -- question fairly significantly they decided to change it to climate change nobody can disagree with climate change.
And and as a final question do you believe that NASA is going to back down on this oval this fight continue.
Well I think that they've got a lot of pressure on them to not back down.
And it came out with a statement a couple of days ago which said basically -- just presenting science that's not really the case.
This week for example.
You -- -- game Hansen there he said climate change is the moral equivalency of slavery.
He wants the world but worldwide tax on carbon emissions.
That's definitely -- political position and in the old days I was there for about eight years -- NASA you weren't allowed.
To take political positions here government agency getting funded you weren't allowed to take sides on most things -- -- in fact -- -- side and thank you so much we understand your position on this is the politics at a science -- the science out of politics we'll see in the talk about it right.
Good to see.
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