Actual Emails From James Hansen’s “supervisor” at NASA
From: Jtheon [mailto:jtheon@XXXXXXX]
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:05 PM
To: Morano, Marc (EPW)
Subject: Climate models are useless
Marc, First, I sent several e-mails to you with an error in the address and they
have been returned to me. So I'm resending them in one combined e-mail.
Yes, one could say that I was, in effect, Hansen’s supervisor because I had to justify
his funding, allocate his resources, and evaluate his results. I did not have the
authority to give him his annual performance evaluation. He was never muzzled even
though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e.,
we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind's effect on it). He
thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in
his testimony before Congress.
My own belief concerning anthropogenic climate change is that the models do not realistically
simulate the climate system because there are many very important sub-grid scale
processes that the models either replicate poorly or completely omit. Furthermore,
some scientists have manipulated the observed data to justify their model results.
In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified in the observations, nor
explain how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so that
it can be replicated independently by other scientists. This is clearly contrary
to how science should be done. Thus there is no rational justification for using
climate model forecasts to determine public policy.
With best wishes, John
From: Jtheon [mailto:jtheon@XXXXXX]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:50 PM
To: Morano, Marc (EPW)
Subject: Re: Nice seeing you
Marc, Indeed, it was a pleasure to see you again. I appreciate the opportunity to
add my name to those who disagree that Global Warming is man made. A brief bio follows.
Use as much or as little of it as you wish.
John S. Theon Education: B.S. Aero. Engr. (1953-57); Aerodynamicist, Douglas Aircraft
Co. (1957-58); As USAF Reserve Officer (1958-60),B.S. Meteorology (1959); Served
as Weather Officer 1959-60; M.S, Meteorology (1960-62); NASA Research Scientist,
Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (1962-74); Head Meteorology Branch, GSFC (1974-76); Asst.
Chief, Lab. for Atmos. Sciences, GSFC (1977-78); Program Scientist, NASA Global Weather
Research Program, NASA Hq. (1978-82); Chief, Atmospheric Dynamics & Radiation Branch
NASA Hq., (1982-91); Ph.D., Engr. Science & Mech.: course of study and dissertation
in atmos. science (1983-85); Chief, Atmospheric Dynamics, Radiation, & Hydrology
Branch, NASA Hq. (1991-93); Chief, Climate Processes Research Program, NASA Hq. (1993-94);
Senior Scientist, Mission to Planet Earth Office, NASA Hq. (1994-95); Science Consultant,
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (1995-99); Science Consultant Orbital
Sciences Corp. (1996-97) and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab., (1997-99).
As Chief of several NASA Hq. Programs (1982-94), an SES position, I was responsible
for all weather and climate research in the entire agency, including the research
work by James Hansen, Roy Spencer, Joanne Simpson, and several hundred other scientists
at NASA field centers, in academia, and in the private sector who worked on climate
research. This required a thorough understanding of the state of the science. I have
kept up with climate science since retiring by reading books and journal articles.
I hope that this is helpful.