Oops! Shades of Gore: Joe Romm’s research comes up short: Unknowingly Uses Skeptical NASA Moonwalker Schmitt to Rail on Global Warming Skeptics

Former Clinton Administration official and climate fear promoter Joe Romm — followed in the footsteps of former Vice President Al Gore — by linking skeptics of man-made global warming fears to those who believe the 1969 moon landing was staged. (Note: Romm and Climate Depot’s Morano debated global warming in March 2009. See: Morano debates former Clinton Official Romm – April 6, 2009)

The embarrassing problem for Romm is that he — unknowingly — used one of the most prominent global warming skeptics, NASA moonwalker Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, in an attempt to “prove” climate skeptics are akin to those who believe the moonlanding was staged.

Schmitt, who flew on the Apollo 17 mission, declared in 2008:

“The ‘global warming scare’ is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities.”

But Romm, in his July 20, 2009 article railing on climate skeptics, failed to do basic research on moonwalker Schmitt’s skeptical climate views. Romm approvingly cited Schmitt’s scientific views in an article at Climate Progress that was intending to smear climate skeptics.

Romm asserted: “I’m just drawing the painfully straight line from the moon hoax people to the climate hoax people.” (Romm followed in Gore’s footsteps: See: Moonwalkers Defy Gore: NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Jack Schmitt reject global warming fears: Defy Gore’s Claim That Climate Skeptics Are Akin To Those Who Believe Moon Landing was ‘Staged’ – July 3, 2009)

Romm approvingly quoted Schmitt rejecting moon landing conspiracy theories.

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history (about the moonlanding) and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them,” Schmitt said.

Romm agreed with Schmitt’s assessment about conspiracy theorists who think the moonlanding was staged, declaring “precisely.” Romm then added, “Of course, denying the moon landing doesn’t hurt anybody. But denying our scientific understanding of climate science — and actively misleading the public — imperils the health and well-being of billions of people and generations yet to come.”

If only Romm had known Schmitt’s and NASA moonwalker Buzz Aldrin’s skeptical climate views, he could have avoided this latest embarrassment. Schmitt is an Award-Winning NASA Astronaut/Geologist, formerly of the Norwegian Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey. Schmitt has received numerous awards in his career including the Space Center Superior