The Last Living Astronaut to Walk on the Moon Claims Climate Change Isn't Caused by Humans

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 12:26PM
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 12:26PM
The Last Living Astronaut to Walk on the Moon Claims Climate Change Isn't Caused by Humans
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Considering NASA has one of the most extensive carbon dioxide-monitoring programs on the planet and an entire website devoted to explaining the evidence, causes, and scientific consensus behind human-driven climate change, it's pretty remarkable that Harrison Schmitt still thinks climate change is a bunch of bunk. It's even more remarkable considering Schmitt is a geologist, a science professor, and the last living NASA astronaut to walk on the Moon.

Schmitt recently sat on a panel at the Science Writers 2018 conference, where he discussed the US' space program. During the following Q&A session, a writer from the New York Times named Nicholas St. Fleur read aloud a statement Schmitt made about those who believed the Moon landings were a hoax: "If people decide they're going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there's not much you can do with them...For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education."

According to Adam Becker, another writer present at the panel, St. Fleur then "asked Schmidt if he saw any irony in having said that, given that he is a vocal denier of the scientific fact that global warming is caused by human activity."

According to a writer for National Geographic who was also present, Schmitt said "I see no irony at all." Schmitt then said that the climate change the Earth was going through currently was part of a natural cycle of warming and cooling, and that there was no evidence that humans were making a negative impact on the climate. He bolstered that by saying that there were only "models" that supported a human-driven climate change scenario, and that models are "often wrong."

Of course, NASA itself would probably have the biggest objection to Schmitt. Apart from a recent study that shows how human activities have literally knocked Earth off balance due to our impact on ice deposits, NASA has demonstrated that Earth's rapidly melting ice sheets are already impacting the planet's sea levels. If that's not enough, how about the fact that 97% of climate scientists support the claim that climate change is happening now, and multiple endorsements from national science organizations that humans are the primary cause? You can find all that here.

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