Re: Why do politicians (usually Republicans) hate science?
posted at 5/1/2013 6:27 PM EDT
Politicians really should leave science to the scientists. When we start politicizing science..we are walking down a dangerous road.
Couldnt agree more. James Hansen is an example of politicizing science.
Climate Change: The man who once compared coal trains to Nazi boxcars headed to crematoria leaves government service to fight what he calls the "pipeline to disaster" and promote his brand of climate quackery.
In 2007, Dr. James Hansen testified before the Iowa Utilities Board not in his capacity as a government employee but, in his words, "as a private citizen, a resident of Kintnersville, Pa., on behalf of the planet, of life on Earth, including all species."
Hansen told the board, "If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains — no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria, loaded with uncountable irreplaceable species."
Such is overheated rhetoric on global warming we came to expect from Dr. Hansen, who under the cover of his prestigious title as head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), to put forth the long-discredited and overhyped theory of man-induced climate change ever since that day in June of 1988 when he told a Senate committee that "the greenhouse effect has been detected and it is changing our climate now."
As the head of NASA's Weather and Climate Research Program from 1982 to 1994, John Theon was Hansen's supervisor. Hansen's testimony in 1988 was "a huge embarrassment" to NASA, and he remains skeptical of Hansen's predictions.
"I don't have much faith in the models," Theon says, pointing to the "huge uncertainty in the role clouds play."
Theon says the same kind of models that now predict runaway warming were predicting runaway cooling prior to 1975, when the popular fear was not melting ice caps but a new ice age, and "not one model predicted the cooling we've had since 1998."
Roy Spencer, who served as the senior scientist for climate studies at NASA's Marshall Center, puts Hansen "at the extreme end of global warming alarmism."
NASA was caught with its thermometers down when Hansen announced in 2007 that 1998 was the hottest year on record with 2006 the third hottest.
NASA and GISS were forced to correct their data in 2007 when Steve McIntyre, who runs ClimateAudit.com, questioned the underlying data.
NASA then announced that 1934, decades before the advent of the SUV, was in fact the warmest. In fact, the new data showed that four of the country's 10 warmest years were in the 1930s: 1934, 1931, 1938 and 1939.
Hansen, who began the climate scare some two decades ago, was caught fudging the numbers again in declaring October 2008 the warmest on record.
This despite the fact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.
In a recent Op-Ed, Hansen went after the Keystone XL pipeline, bemoaning the fact that a final review by "the State Department gave the president cover to open a big spigot that will hitch our country to one of the dirtiest fuels on Earth for 40 years or more."
Crude from Canada's oil sands, Hansen claims, will exacerbate climate change.
The State Department's second Keystone XL supplemental environmental impact statement found the pipeline would not accelerate global greenhouse gas emissions or significantly harm natural habitats.
Canada was going to extract the crude anyway and sell the oil to China, if not to us.
Like Al Gore, Hansen is now free to peddle his environmental snake oil on the green lecture circuit where fools and their money are soon parted.
He has said in the past that "heads of major fossil-fuel companies who spread disinformation about global warming should be 'tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.'"
One wonders what penalties he would recommend for himself and his fellow hysterics.
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