Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Dr. James Hansen to Sue GW Non-Believers
Did you see this in yesterday's Guardian? Dr. James Hansen, the world's foremost climate scientist, wants to try the oil company executives for high crimes against humanity? He says they created doubt about Global Warming. "When you are in that kind of position, as the CEO of one the primary players who have been putting out misinformation even via organisations that affect what gets into school textbooks, then I think that's a crime," he told the Guardian.
He wants to sue everybody who has ever disagreed with his ideas of anthropogenic climate change, too.
Hansen is the guy who introduced Global Warming to Congress in 1988 when he testified that the temperature was getting warmer by .5C in the past 100 years of instrumented record keeping (see PDF of testimony).
Dr. Hansen presents himself as if he were an expert Climatologist. He's not. According to his Curriculum Vitae page at Columbia University, Hansen is the Physicist, Mathematician, and Astronomer. He has a B.A. (Physics and Mathematics), 1963, University of Iowa; M.S. (Astronomy), 1965, University of Iowa; Ph.D. (Physics), 1967, University of Iowa. Hmmm, doesn't get out much.
No Climatology degree.
I have a B.A. (Art) 1977, Cal State, Sacramento, California Teaching Credential (K-12), 1978, California State University, Florence, Italy. I'm a Climatologist because I say so. And I've been around. I was in Istanbul, Turkey between Christmas and New Year's Day 1977-78 when it snowed for the first time since 1944. We were all told it was Global Cooling and prepare for the coming New Ice Age.
When it comes to climate and weather, he's just an average Joe with a window and a rain gauge. And maybe a fraud, too.
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