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“ "Captain, captain! The water is rising in the bilge!" "Nonsense! I insist we defund looking in the bilge."

"Sir, the smoke alarms are going off everywhere!" "Obviously, we need to stop buying batteries for the smoke alarms. How am I supposed to get any sleep?"

"Sir! The ship we are all on is about to founder! We can see the water at the ports." "Quiet! This is my ship, and I don't pay you to be looking out the ports. Now get back to work! We've a schedule to keep and we're going to keep it! None of our competitors are slowing down, and even if they did, that'd just mean more for me. (maniacal laugh)

"Blub, blub, gurgle, gasp!" "Speak up! You're making no sense at all. And why are we slowing down?!!!" ”

Russell Grunloh NPR2015-05-12T15:12:00.000Z

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“ So the point here for the Climate Deniers is simple. It's you vs NASA. Yes, that NASA. Explain why your take on climate science beats their five decades of work on the subject. Is NASA lying? If they lie about climate science what else are they lying about? If they are getting it so horribly wrong how have they managed to get so many other things insanely right? Explain why we should listen to you about our collective fate and ignore America's premier institution for science and technology. ”

Adam Frank NPR2015-05-12T13:03:00.000Z

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“ Hobbes: Aren't you supposed to be doing your homework? Calvin: I'm pretty sure the assignment was optional. Hobbes: Denial springs eternal. Calvin: It's not denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I accept. ”

Mark I NPR2015-05-12T19:14:00.000Z


Quick: List the first four words that pop into your mind when you hear NASA.

If you are like most folks, you hit some mix of astronauts, moon landings, space telescopes and Mars probes. Those are pretty positive images representing accomplishments we can all feel proud about.

Astronauts are, after all, great American heroes. And space telescopes are reminders of just how smart — and insanely capable — Americans can be. Put it all together and you can see why NASA does superhero stuff in the eyes of most people.

It's also stuff that's universally recognized to be the kind where you absolutely, positively can't afford to be wrong. And that is why NASA is a real problem for climate denialism.

If you are intent on convincing people there is no climate change, then the last thing you want is NASA — with all its heroism and accuracy — telling folks climate change is real. So, faced with this dilemma, climate denialist's have come up with a clever solution: Get NASA out of climate change science.