Pieter Tans’ interview – Part 1
Pieter Tans’ interview – Part 2
I was honored to interview Dr. Pieter Tans, Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Tans is considered to be one of the leading and most influential climate scientists in the world.
I asked Dr. Tans his opinion of Steve Chu’s (Secretary of Energy) statement to the media that California is in danger of losing its agriculture due to climate change. Dr. Tans explained that this is a real concern due to the lack of snowfall to provide water for the plants. We discussed that building new damns may be a partial solution to capture the water that runs off from rainfall.
We also discussed the story that Dr. Tans was under political pressure to change his scientific findings. We discussed how that government funding of science tends to compromise the integrity of science. The bureaucrats of these governmental departments are always fearful that they will lose funding. Hence, the managers put pressure on the scientists to produce specific results. Dr. Tans referred to this as a “climate of fear”.
Dr. Tans also stated that he feels we are in big trouble unless we discover a technical solution to lower the CO2 level. Dr. Tans admitted that we are actually in a low period of CO2 and that the CO2 level was much higher in the past. The problem is that the CO2 level has recently dramatically increased. The question is if we will be able to adapt to the climate change.