In an email from the desk of James Hansen of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, there was an interview by Bill McKibben, co-founder and global organizer of 350.org. Hansen, in the introduction cited McKibben’s organization as having demonstrated the most effective leadership in the public struggle for climate justice. Climate Justice? Has a crime been committed? Sorry I missed that. Perhaps it was the advocacy that Hansen has promoted while being in the employ of the government.
He goes on to discuss the efforts by legitimate scientists, whose only crime is to disagree with him, referring to them as “swift boaters”. I read the book which was the story of the real John Kerry in Vietnam and it was the most heavily footnoted book I have read outside of a college textbook. The references were unimpeachable, mostly government records. For Hansen to at once denigrate these fine heroes of an unpopular war and by the same brush, legitimate scientists, is about as low as you can go. It should be noted that Dr. Hansen was John Kerry’s climate guru in his unsuccessful bid to be President. Hansen received something like $750,000 for his efforts from the Heinz Foundation.
One of Hansen’s comments,
If we let warming continue to the point of rapid ice sheet collapse, all hell will break loose.
Of course ice sheets are floating so levels of the sea won’t rise. The albedo might be lowered but clouds would likely cover that as has been observed.
There was a real hoax, for sure perpetrated on the public by people who prefer business-as usual. People who concocted a misinformation campaign. They want the public to think that the science is suspect. Doubt is all they need. Their tactics included swift-boating and character assassination, using emails stolen from scientists computers. They did an effective job. Now policy makers continue to sit on their hands, leaving fossil fuel subsidies in place, allowing fuel companies to call the tune-and the devil with young people and nature.
Hansen goes on to discuss the 2035 deadline for Himalayan glacier melting but forgot to mention that a key author was well aware of the problem but failed to call it to the attention of outsiders because, ostensibly, of its importance to the whole picture they were painting. Hansen then goes on to foster the impression of drinking water disappearing based on the same old sad tale that got them into trouble in the first place. He further states that glaciers melting confirms global warming. Duh? That is what happens in interglacial periods. Truth is the total ice mass balance in the planet has remained nearly constant since measurements began. He can pick any local situation but we should look at the big picture. Isn’t that what you have claimed Dr. Hansen?
He then goes into a long rather boring discussion on CO2 concentrations based on the discredited Vostok/ Law dome ice core measurements. There has been no paper written that compares the CO2 levels found in ice cores (especially grossly deteriorated ones) with the air concentration at the time the ice was formed. That is an unproven hypothesis, just like anthropogenic global warming with all its unproven hypothetical positive feedbacks. Several scientists have suggested that CO2 may actually cool the Earth through increased transpiration in plant life. So the sign of the change is not known.
He then discusses his potential court case and the possibility of a year in jail. My take on that, “No comment.” I won’t go that low.
Now if Dr. Hansen would care to debate a sceptic scientist and play fair, I’d be happy to arrange that. I would have many takers on that offer. Lord Monkton has already accepted on a previous occasion.
Dr. Hansen, I can accept that you believe in what you are doing. As a scientist you should accept that reasonable scientists might disagree with you. There is no call to denigrate them and call them names accusing them of all manner of evil intentions. If I have mischaracterized any of the points in this article, please allow me to correct them. I am just calling this as I see it and it doesn’t come off looking too fine.