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My Sympathies Erased

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFebruary 10, 2006 7:55 PM


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There's no longer any reason to feel sorry for this George Deutsch character. I had figured he might be a young guy in way over his head, and therefore worthy of our forgiveness or even sympathy. Well, forget it. Deutsch didn't know when to shut up and slink away. Now, in an attempt to "defend himself," he's dug a deeper hole with comments like this:

Speaking to a Texas radio station and then to The New York Times, Mr. Deutsch said the scientist, James E. Hansen, exaggerated the threat of warming and tried to cast the Bush administration's response to it as inadequate.

If Deutsch still thinks he's in any way qualified to tell James Hansen what's scientifically accurate and what's exaggerated, then he obviously hasn't learned anything from his experience. In his self defense, he doth protest way, way too much. Still, this part is interesting:

"When I left college," he said, "I did not properly update my resume. As a result, it may appear misleading to some. However, I was up front with NASA about my undergraduate status when they hired me."

If this is true, then the question becomes--who at NASA made this hire???

Phil Plait has more debunking of Deutsch.

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