Tuesday, 2 April 2013

James Hansen, Political Activist retires to become a Political Activist.

Arrested Again.
James Hansen is retiring from NASA to become a political activist. Methinks he has been a political activist for years. 

From the New York Times:
James E. Hansen, the climate scientist who issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming, will retire from NASA this week, giving himself more freedom to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases. At the same time, retirement will allow Dr. Hansen to press his cause in court. He plans to take a more active role in lawsuits challenging the federal and state governments over their failure to limit emissions, for instance, as well as in fighting the development in Canada of a particularly dirty form of oil extracted from tar sands. 
“As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,” he said in an interview.
When testifying TO the government, The Times article notes:

Around the time Dr. Hansen switched his research focus, in the 1970s, a sharp rise in global temperatures began. He labored in obscurity over the next decade, but on a blistering June day in 1988 he was called before a Congressional committee and testified that human-induced global warming had begun.

The truth was, as part of the alarmists’ plan, the air conditioner  actually had just been turned off and the windows left open (From US Senate report LINK)
Frontline interviewed Gore’s colleague, then-Sen. Tim Wirth (now running Ted Turner’s UN Foundation). Comforted by the friendly nature of the PBS program, Wirth freely admitted the clever scheming that went into getting the dramatic shot of scientist James Hansen mopping his brow amid a sweaty press corps. An admiring Frontline termed this “Stagecraft.” 
 TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo, it was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. DEBORAH AMOS: [on camera] Did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?  
TIMOTHY WIRTH: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn't working inside the room. And so when the- when the hearing occurred, there was not only bliss, which is television cameras and double figures, but it was really hot.

Honestly, is this the action of hoest people?

As a Government employee he shouldn't have taken part in illegal protest activity. Wikipedia lists (link)
  • On June 23, 2009, James Hansen, along with 30 other protesters including actress Daryl Hannah, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of obstructing police and impeding traffic, during a protest against mountaintop removal mining in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
  • Hansen and about 100 other people were arrested in September 2010 in front of the White House in Washington, DC. The group was seeking a ban on mountaintop removal or surface mining.
  • Hansen and 1251 other activists were arrested in August and September 2011, at another demonstration in front of the White House. 

His most recent arrest was just over a month ago.
 Climate scientist James Hansen was arrested today outside the White House while protesting the proposed construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Some 48 activists, including Hansen, actress Daryl Hannah, executive director of the Sierra Club Michael Brune, Bill McKibben, co-founder of the grassroots climate group 350.org, and civil rights activist Julian Bond, practiced civil disobedience in front of the White House. (Source Live Science)
Will Hansen get arrested more, now that he has more time to be politically active?

Does Mr Hansen know that a recent peer-reviewed paper found that there is nothing unusual, unnatural or unprecedented about our planet's current level of warmth.

To quote Dr Gordon Fulks, an astrophysicist with the same qualifications as James Hansen:
We should all be thankful that Hansen is finally vacating a position at NASA that he should have been fired from long ago.  If he wanted to be a politician, he should have quit NASA and run for office rather than run NASA GISS into the ground with his doctored data and politicized science.



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    Mar 09, 2012
    A classic case is the case of Dr Clive Spash. Spash was a senior scientist at the CSIRO. At the time when then PM Rudd was advocating an ETS Spash wrote a paper critical of the ETS. After conflict with the CSIRO bosses, ...

  2. Hypocrite denier Byatt!

    A classic case is the case of Dr Clive Spash. Spash was a senior scientist at the CSIRO. At the time when then PM Rudd was advocating an ETS Spash wrote a paper critical of the ETS. After conflict with the CSIRO bosses, including Megan Clark, former CEO of Rothschild Australia, Spash was left no alternative but to resign .

    Clive Spash spoke out after he resigned. Clive Spash did nothing illegal and was not arrested for going outside the law. Hansen was arrested at least five times for acting illegally.

    Perhaps you and your denier friends cannot see the difference between acting within the law and acting outside the law.

  3. Mr Byatt is playing funny buggers (although he has no sense of humour) over at his favourite denier website and he has put up the following:

    john byatt
    April 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm
    sent a comment to NCTCSP

    “As a Government employee he shouldn’t have taken part in protests.”

    I take it that will be NCTCSP policy, prison or just reeducation for defaulters?

    john byatt
    April 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    life under a NCTCSP back to joh’s time

    no nurses, police or anyone working for the government will be allowed to protest anything at all,

    see if geoff puts this up

    Why put it up there and not post your comment here, John? Stange man with his strange bedfellows.

    John, as explained to you before - hard to get through to you, isn't it? - the Australian Electoral Commission records
    Name of Party_No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics_Abbreviation of name of party_NCTCS

    We are NOT saying that government employees shouldn't take part in legal protests; we say that, like all people, government employees should not break the law.

    THere is a very big difference, John.

    1. Mr Byatt replied to this but used some rude words.

      Not nice John! See "No bad language."

      Clean your mouth out and try again.

    2. OK, seems that Mr Byatt cannot clean his mouth out, cannot keep his posts clear of bad language.

      I can almost guarantee that he is over at the "Real Deniers" (those eejots who still think that AGW is caused by man-made emissions of vital-to-life carbon dioxide) spitting out his Insulting, abusive and highly critical diatribes against the real science and is pushing the false science of the Falsified man-made global warming hypothesis

      Wake up, John...and your Mike Mates and that eejiot that doesn't cut the (Roy) Mustard.

      THe game is up.

      The data show no warming.

      The sea level rise has stalled.

      The Polar Bear population is increasing. (dangerous animals that they are)

      Time to wake up and smell the coffee, stop denying the fact that the science has moved on from your alarmist position. The data show no warming for 17-23 years. The authorities admit that the stalling will at least last for another 4-5 years.

      Warming has NOT caused as many deaths as the recent North Hemisphere cooling or really freezing.

      So,Mr Byatt, if you want to respond, that is OK but don't use the foul-mouthed words that you use on the denier sites of your denier mates.

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