President Bushâ€™s appointee at NASA, Geoorge C. Deutsch, resigned yesterday as growing controversy continues to surround his position. As mentioned previously, Deutsch was responsible for trying to gag NASAâ€™s lead climatologist, James Hansen, from disclosing his research about global warming. Not only did he try to muzzle NASAâ€™s scientists, he tried to tell them what to do. He demanded that the lead web designer of the organization put the word â€œtheoryâ€ with every mention of the Big Bang. To no surprise, Deutsch believes in intelligent design.
So not only is this whipper-snapper telling our countries most brilliant scientists how to do their jobs, he did not even complete college! Even worse, he lied about it! From the NYTimes:
According to his rÃ©sumÃ©, Mr. Deutsch received a “Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Class of 2003.”
Yesterday, officials at Texas A&M said that was not the case.
“George Carlton Deutsch III did attend Texas A&M University but has not completed the requirements for a degree,” said an e-mail message from Rita Presley, assistant to the registrar at the university, responding to a query from The Times.
Youâ€™re doing a great job, Deutschie!
Dr. James Hansen does a great job of putting this all in perspective:
Yesterday, Dr. Hansen said that the questions about Mr. Deutsch’s credentials were important, but were a distraction from the broader issue of political control of scientific information.
“He’s only a bit player,” Dr. Hansen said of Mr. Deutsch. “The problem is much broader and much deeper and it goes across agencies. That’s what I’m really concerned about.”
“On climate, the public has been misinformed and not informed,” he said. “The foundation of a democracy is an informed public, which obviously means an honestly informed public. That’s the big issue here.”