Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Danger! Global Warming Warning

James Hansen will most likely be unemployed very soon. Why, you might ask? Because he is saying things about global warming that Bush doesn't want you to hear and he is defying Bush to say them. He is probably committing career suicide in a career with limited opportunities.

As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk. He says there are things the White House doesn't want you to hear but he's going to say them anyway.

Hansen is arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming. He's the head of NASA's top institute studying the climate. But this imminent scientist tells correspondent Scott Pelley that the Bush administration is restricting who he can talk to and editing what he can say. Politicians, he says, are rewriting the science.

What James Hansen believes is that global warming is accelerating. He points to the melting arctic and to Antarctica, where new data show massive losses of ice to the sea.

Is it fair to say at this point that humans control the climate? Is that possible?

"There's no doubt about that, says Hansen. "The natural changes, the speed of the natural changes is now dwarfed by the changes that humans are making to the atmosphere and to the surface."

I'm pretty sure Hansen was muzzled because of this that I posted earlier. I lost the link, but do believe Hansen is the one quoted. I also blogged this, which is from another NASA source, Eric Rignot, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

(read more at Brilliant at Breakfast)


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