Sunday, October 21, 2007

James Hansen, Politics, Money and Global Warming

The University of Montana is very excited about the special guest speaker they will host on Monday. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies will give a lecture entitled "The Threat to the Planet: How Can We Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?"" at UM.

An interesting topic for Hansen who has changed his mind over the years about what drives climate and what the future threat to the planet might be. In 1971, it was a computer model designed by Hansen that led to a Washington Post article that warns of an impending ice age.

The article entitled "U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming" predicted that a new ice age "could be as little as 50 or 60 years" away. The article was found by Washington resident John Lockwood while he was conducting related research at the Library of Congress and reported on by John McCalin in the Washington Times.

The scientist was S.I. Rasool, a colleague of Mr. Hansen's at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The article goes on to say that Mr. Rasool came to his chilling conclusions by resorting in part to a new computer program developed by Mr. Hansen that studied clouds above Venus.

Investor's Business Daily also reported on the 1971 report, referring to the original article in the Post.

The Post reported that Rasool, writing in Science, argued that in "the next 50 years" fine dust that humans discharge into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel will screen out so much of the sun's rays that the Earth's average temperature could fall by six degrees.

Hansen, who seems to have changed his mind about which impending doom is likely, having switched from global cooling due to aerosols to global warming caused by carbon dioxide, is often touted as a "whistleblower" and a critic of the Bush administration's policies on climate change. But what is not so well known is that James Hansen received $720,000 from George Soros' Open Society Institute in 2006. The goal of OSI is for transparency in all things, except their own dealings, which is why we didn't know of this funding until they released their 2006 report. Hansen is the man who accused global warming skeptics of being "court jesters" in the pay of big oil companies.

It was Hansen's climate data, later debunked by Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit,that proclaimed 1998 the hottest year on record. After spotting the error in the way the data was compiled, McIntyre alerted GISS. When the error was corrected, it turned out the hottest year on record was 1934, a year that was quite a bit before the much-mentioned big increase in carbon emissions that took place after 1940.

UM professor Steve Running, a member of the U.N. climate change panel that recently received the Nobel Prize, says of Hansen:

"This guy's the oracle of climate science. He's like the Allen Greenspan of economics."

But be wary, University of Montana. As James Hansen tells you about this global warming threat to the planet, remember that not so long ago he believed in a quite opposite threat, global cooling. He has published erroneous data in support of his new theory and taken money from a politically motivated group to publicly espouse it. He may not be the man you think he is.

Source Investor's Business Daily
Source Investor's Business Daily
Source WashingtonTimes
Source The American Spectator

1 comment:

the_black_butterfly said...

So I have suggestion
Give James Hansen Nobel Prize in Physics 2009

Alfred Nobel wrote in his will
" which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."

Geophysics is part of Physics and reducing climate change is more beneficial to mankind then any astronomical discovery or new exotic particle.

Ph.D. in Physics James Hansen the heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is one of the most influential persons in fighting to reduce climate change.

It is not against the research in basic physics and astronomy nor for reducing the funding for CERN or any Overwhelming Huge Any Thing