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NASA's Michael Brown?

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFebruary 8, 2006 9:33 AM


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Andy Revkin is confirming a report, which originated on a blog, that NASA's now-notorious George Deutsch did not actually graduate from Texas A & M (as his resume had asserted). Revkin's also reporting that Deutsch has resigned from NASA. Ouch. In a way, I feel sorry for Deutsch. I mean, who on earth put him in this situation? A presidential appointee, involved in controlling what scientists are saying? Clearly, James Hansen is right to observe that the issue is bigger than Deutsch. As he puts it in Revkin's story: "He's only a bit player...the problem is much broader and much deeper and it goes across agencies. That's what I'm really concerned about."

I must also add just how fitting it is that all this comes out just as Bush is trying to sell himself as the "science" president. Yeah, I feel kinda bad for George Deutsch. But at the same time, I'm trying to repress a snicker.

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