25 Apr '11, 1pm

Steve Schneider’s first letter to the editor [in 1971] via @realclimate

Steve Schneider’s first letter to the editor [in 1971] via @realclimate

There was a time at NASA when writing a letter to the paper without your director’s permission could get you fired. And no, I’m not talking about the last Bush administration. It was 1971. Steve Schneider at the time was a postdoc at NASA GISS, working for the then director, Robert Jastrow (later of the George Marshall Institute). He had just co-authored the high profile Rasool and Schneider (1971) paper in Science on the radiative forcing from increasing aerosols and CO2. His letter, which appears to be his first letter in the New York Times, was printed Sept. 16 1971. It was sent in response to a rather lame op-ed by a Eugene Guccione, editor of a mining magazine [Incidentally, this Guccione is not the Bob Guccione who edited Penthouse (despite a confusion on this point in Steve's last book)]. Because the publication of the letter came as a surprise to Jastrow, he fired ...

Full article: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/04/ste...

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