June 2, 2015
To: His Holiness, Pope Francis
Dear Pope Francis:
The Right Climate Stuff Research Team is an all-volunteer research team composed primarily of retired NASA scientists and engineers who are veterans of the USA NASA Apollo Program that landed astronauts on the moon and returned them safely during the decade of the 1960’s. We have prepared the attached letter to share with you what we have learned in our independent and objective, three-year investigation of the threat of an anthropogenic climate disaster from unrestrained burning of fossil fuels.
We believe our experiences from early human exploration of space and the many threats we needed to assess and safely disposition to ensure safety of our astronauts, have provided us with unique training, skills and practical experience to assess the proposed anthropogenic climate threat. We view Climate Science as an immature and rapidly developing field of science, and that calls for world-wide CO2 emissions controls from some scientists are very premature. Such proposals need further broad, scientific review, especially from engineering disciplines with much more experience and well-developed codes of practice for applications of science to design and operational decisions involving public safety, and where unintended consequences of hasty and poor decisions can be catastrophic.
The concerns regarding an anthropogenic climate disaster are based primarily on predictions of un-validated climate simulation models, while empirical data that we analyzed in our investigation, does not indicate an imminent threat requiring immediate action to control use of fossil fuels. While so much official uncertainty remains regarding the perceived climate problem, we certainly have time to focus research on critical high priority issues needed to make more accurate predictions required for good decision-making. While we are very experienced in developing and using computer simulation models in our professional careers, in our NASA training and experience, we were taught to ignore output of un-validated models for use in critical design or operational decisions involving human safety. This is a common sense NASA policy based on fundamental application of the Scientific Method.