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More global warming lunacy
Posted by: McQ on Monday, June 23, 2008

This sort of lunacy is hardly ever helpful to a cause, but it is fairly typical on one side of this particular cause:
James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

Hansen will use the symbolically charged 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking speech to the US Congress - in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming - to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the "perfect storm" of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable.

Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading.
The frustration among the AGW crowd is growing more and more palpable.

Someone should clue this moonbat in about the fact that in the US, free speech is more than a tradition, people are not only allowed but encouraged to be skeptical, and just because someone holds a position which is counter to yours doesn't mean a) they're wrong or b) they're evil.

And finally, if the position you hold is so overwhelmingly evident and so inarguably supported as to warrant the action you suggest above, then why are so many so openly skeptical about your claims - and trust me, the answer has nothing to do with CEOs of big oil companies?
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And so, given the nature of the cost of this arrogant legislation which will do nothing, and will do it for no reason, and the amount of money they have squandered with their CO2 schemes, and the amount of anguish and fear they’ve caused, ...when this is finally admitted by a consensus and brought to light...we can expect this gentleman to be on trail, along with Al Gore, right? will be different then.

Goose/Gander => Sauce
Written By: looker
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I am reminded of this from "Best of the Web Today" of February 7th, 2008: Canadian scientist David Suzuki called for various deniers to be thrown in jail.

(permalink scroll about halfway down the page)
The National Post, meanwhile, reports that Canadian scientist David Suzuki "has called for political leaders to be thrown in jail for ignoring the science behind climate change" (hat tip:, another Media Research Center affiliate):

"What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act," said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

"It’s an intergenerational crime in the face of all the knowledge and science from over 20 years."

The statement elicited rounds of applause.

A spokesman for Suzuki later said he wasn’t speaking "literally": "He’s not advocating locking people up, but he is pulling his hair out." Still, that global warmism’s adherents are entertaining the thought of locking up heretics is yet another indication that it has become a religious movement.
Written By: John Johnson
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I love the way they slip this in there:
in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming - to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the "perfect storm" of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable

Nice stealth way to turn your editorial assertion into a widely accepted meme...
Written By: shark
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"Crimes against Nature"? What law might that be? What tribunal is competent and empowered to hold the trial?

(Nevermind "Crimes against Humanity" where the "crime" was to make energy cheap, thus benefiting ... "humanity".)

Lawless bastard. Idiot. I don’t even have words strong enough to describe that travesty, at least not that I’m willing to use here.

(For that matter... "irreversible" climate change? Sounds like he’s not familiar with climate history, if he thinks anything humanity is doing or has done can cause "irreversible" change to the climate.

Further proof that degrees in relevant fields (which he has) do not ensure that one reasons correctly, and argument by authority ("leading scientist") is fallacious.)
Written By: Sigivald
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in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming...

Nice stealth way to turn your editorial assertion into a widely accepted meme...
Uh, actually, global warming has undeniably been occurring. Since about the 1830s.

The argument isn’t about Global Warming, per se, but about anthropogenic causes, or the lack thereof.
Written By: Dale Franks
Think the problem is surmountable, but only with a workable solution to it. A solution unlike Kyoto.
Written By: unaha-closp
Uh, actually, global warming has undeniably been occurring. Since about the 1830s.
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Hansen is a sci-fi prophet who acts as if his words are the future. Together with his cohorts, they should be the ones to be charged in court. He needs a lot of explaining why so many scientists are skeptical of his devious assertions. He is using the government agency and letting himself to be used as an instrument in disseminating flawed and distorted data for personal gains.
Written By: Dante Fadrilan
I think Dale’s point is we’ve been in a natural warming cycle since coming out of the mini ice age.
Written By: McQ
Uh, actually, global warming has undeniably been occurring. Since about the 1830s.
Hasn’t global cooling been happening since about 65 million years ago?

A lot depends on your start date, and what mechanisms you ignore to arrive at anthropogenic global warming.

The big fallacy in the "climate crisis" position is the assumption that the current climate is what is "should" be.

Written By: newshutz
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The link in my last comment is a copy from this site.

Lotsa fun paleogeology there. Including some very neat animations of continents moving.
Written By: newshutz
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He is also considering personally targeting members of Congress who have a poor track record on climate change in the coming November elections.
The fact that he would say/mention this while under the color of a high level government employee is beyond the pale.

He seems to be looking for martyrdom, and another 15 minutes of fame. At 67 years old, it sounds like he is ready for retirement.
Written By: Neo
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Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on Tuesday called for ’climate justice’, saying that it was polluters who should pay for the effects of climate change, and not the poorest and most vulnerable.
The scam continues.
Written By: Neo
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This is the same guy who altered data that didn’t fir his hypothesis, if I recall correctly. I tend to be cynical about anything a person like that says or does. Their conclusions could be correct, but they start from a position of no credibility. To paraphrase Reagan, "distrust, and force the liars to prove everything."
Written By: MarkD
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Is Hansen still drawing a government paycheck?

If so, he should be terminated. No government official can be allowed to demand that the government violate the First Amendment without removal from office.
Written By: Joseph Somsel
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Today marked a new low for the way congressional Democrats deal with national security. This morning, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a joint hearing on a "National Intelligence Assessment" on global climate change. This analysis was ordered by the Democratic Congress last year and was issued a few weeks ago. Some highlights (or low-lights) from the hearing:

1) In response to a question by Global Warming Committee member Greg Walden (R-OR), the Intelligence Community admitted they had "low to medium confidence" in the accuracy of this estimate because intelligence officers lack the expertise to write such an estimate (it was mostly contracted out to other organizations) and climate change science is so uncertain. As Walden started to ask about why an analysis of such low reliability was issued, Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), the Global Warming Committee Chairman, cut him off and told him he was out of time even though Markey let all the previous Democrats speak substantially past their time limits.

2) Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Peter asked what intelligence was used for this estimate and whether intelligence collection requirements were prepared. National Intelligence Council Chairman Thomas Fingar said no clandestine intelligence was used and that intelligence officers extrapolated what would happen if the "mid-level estimates" by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were correct. When Hoekstra asked why the U.S. Intelligence Community would write an major analysis of low to medium confidence that contained no intelligence, Fingar answered, "because you [Congress] told us to."

3) Hoekstra noted that intelligence assessments of high confidence have proven to be wrong and he wondered why an intelligence assessment of low to medium confidence would even be published. In an attempt to dispel the debate over confidence, Intelligence Committee member Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) responded by noting that the 2002 Iraq WMD NIE had high confidence in its findings. Some Republicans thought Rep. Eshoo’s statement actually made their case about the futility of issuing an intelligence assessment that intelligence officers cannot fully back.
Written By: Neo
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Annex I emmission trading taxations are harming the planet, there is an opportunity here to demonstrate a failling in production restrictions.
Written By: unaha-closp
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I have lived in Louisiana for 48years and climit has never changed!Could glogal warming just be a yankee or left coast disease!
Written By: zap
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If we tax computer use we could save more energy than curly light bulbs.
Written By: zap
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Global warming is good.This way we can grow corn in the winter for ethonol.Also those snow birds can stop visiting Florida in the winter burning up energy.
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