Book details NASA’s ‘ex-con’ James Hansen’s 1988 climate testimony – ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change’
Excerpt from ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change’: In 2009 NASA then–lead global warming scientist James Hansen endorsed a book called Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis, which ponders “razing cities to the ground, blowing up dams and switching off the greenhouse gas emissions machine” as possible solutions to global warming. “The only way to prevent global ecological collapse and thus ensure the survival of humanity is to rid the world of Industrial Civilization,” the book explains. “A future outside civilization is a better life; one in which we can actually decide for ourselves how we are going to live.”
Hansen declared on the book’s Amazon page that author Keith Farnish, “has it right: time has practically run out, and the system is the problem. Governments are under the thumb of fossil fuel special interests—they will not look after our and the planet’s well-being until we force them to do so, and that is going to require enormous effort.”
Remember, Hansen was NASA’s lead global warming scientist, in charge of the temperature dataset, endorsing a book suggesting the solution of calling for ridding the world of industrial civilization. Hansen is a hardcore activist who has been arrested multiple times protesting climate change.
He has accused climate skeptics of “crimes against humanity and nature.”
Nineteen-eighty-eight was also the year of NASA scientist James Hansen’s dramatic testimony to Congress about the urgency of global warming. This was the key moment when Hansen warned, “the greenhouse effect is here.” As the New York Times reported at the time, “‘Global warming has reached a level such that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming,’ Hansen said at the hearing today, adding, ‘It is already happening now.’”
Hansen’s testimony as NASA’s lead global warming scientist was a huge media sensation. But one of Hansen’s former supervisors explained that Hansen’s dramatic testimony was not well received at NASA. Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist Dr. John S. Theon explained in 2009, “We were somewhat appalled. We were certainly embarrassed,” by Hansen’s testimony.
“Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know
enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it),” Theon wrote. “Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his
claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress,” Theon added. “I probably would have been removed if I had tried to
cut off Jim Hansen’s funding, after all, he had Al Gore…on his team.”
It wasn’t until nearly two decades later that we learned the extent to which that testimony was staged to manipulate the public—exactly
like so much of the climate change “science” we have been bombarded with ever since. The theatrical hearing was orchestrated in
part by Senators Al Gore and Timothy Wirth, as was revealed in a 2007 PBS Frontline special, which reported on the “stagecraft” employed at the Hansen hearing to facilitate the transition from cooling fears to warming fears.
PBS correspondent Deborah Amos reported that “Sen. Timothy Wirth was one of the few politicians already concerned about global warming, and he was not above using a little stagecraft for Hansen’s testimony”:
TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well,
it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo, it was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it.
DEBORAH AMOS: [on camera] Did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?
TIMOTHY WIRTH: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room. And so when the—when the hearing occurred, there was not only bliss, which is television cameras and double figures, but it was really hot.
[from the 1988 hearing] WIRTH: Dr. Hansen, if you’d start us off, we’d appreciate it.
TIMOTHY WIRTH: The wonderful Jim Hansen was wiping his brow at the table at the hearing, at the witness table, and giving
this remarkable testimony.
But in 2015, Senator Wirth was seemingly pressured to recant his version of events. Hansen accused Wirth of fibbing about the stagecraft.” “He just made these up later to make it seem interesting,” Hansen said. Wirth suddenly remembered that his stories about the behind-the-scenes machinations of the hearing were totally made up! Wirth now says he was in error: “Some myths about the hearing also have circulated over the years, including the idea that windows were left open or the air conditioning was not working. While I’ve heard that version of events in the past and repeated it myself, I’ve since learned it didn’t happen.”
It’s hard to believe that global warming science can be “settled” when major players behind promoting it can’t agree on basic events surrounding their biggest day.
Global Cooling Flashback
In 1988, NASA’s James Hansen was the authority trotted out before a U.S. Senate committee to launch the global warming panic. But sixteen years earlier, in the global cooling scare era, “a computer program developed by Dr. James Hansen” had been applied by other scientists to the question of “the carbon-dioxide [that] fuel-burning puts in the atmosphere.”
They found “no need to worry” about the carbon dioxide, but warned that other particles from burning fossil fuels “could screen out so much sunlight that the average temperature could drop by six degrees” in fifty years, bringing on a new ice age by 2021.
When Reality Fails to Alarm, Make Scary Predictions
In 2015 NASA’s former lead climate scientists James Hansen released a study projecting sea level rise of up to ten feet in the next fifty years and warned that unchecked climate change is shaping up to be “highly dangerous” for the world.
“Science by press release: Journalists received ‘summary’ of Hansen’s paper via PR firm,” noted Meteorologist Ryan Maue. Even Hansen’s fellow climate change activist scientists found Hansen’s skewing of the science over the top. UN IPCC lead author Kevin Trenberth said
Hansen’s study was “rife with speculation . . .many conjectures and huge extrapolation based on quite flimsy evidence.”
Climategate’s Michael Mann admitted Hansen’s estimates were “prone to a very large ‘extrapolation error.’”
Czech Physicist mocks NASA’s retiring ex-con James Hansen: ‘A crazy hippie is just retiring from NASA so he will become much less important because most of his importance did boil down to his position in NASA’
1989 NYT Editorial By Nicholas Wade Slammed Former NASA Scientist James Hansen For Pushing Climate BS – ‘Crying Wolf in the Greenhouse’ – ‘Very few of his [Hansen’s] colleagues agree with him’ that ‘the greenhouse effect is already here’ – NYT: ‘The Office of Management and Budget drew criticism when it heavy-handedly made Mr. Hansen qualify testimony to Congress last month. But its caveat, his warnings ‘should be viewed as estimates from evolving computer models and not as reliable predictions,’ was scientifically impeccable. The computer models of the greenhouse effect are indeed ”evolving” -they’re somewhere around the amoeba stage. Environmental lobbyists are tempted to emphasize the threat of the greenhouse effect because it reinforces so much of their other agenda.’
Watch: Tony Heller on Hansen’s failed predictions from 1988:
Fmr. Harvard physicist slams ‘professional propagandist’ James Hansen: ‘There’s nothing worse about the climate of 2018 relatively to the climate of 1988’ – Czech Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl: “Well, the actual history of CO2 followed Scenario A most closely – the CO2 emissions kept on rising at a slightly accelerating rate. So you can see that Hansen predicted the warming trend about 3°C per century. The actual observed trend from the 1980s (well, early 1980s) has been about 1.3°C per century according to satellite and slightly below 2°C per century according to weather stations. Although we didn’t really stop CO2 emissions at all, the temperature was growing almost exactly like Hansen’s scenario in which the CO2 concentration becomes constant after 1988!” … “There’s nothing “worse” about the climate of 2018 relatively to the climate of 1988.”
Fmr. chief of NASA climate science James Hansen: Prez. Obama ‘failed miserably’ on climate – ‘Late, ineffectual & partisan’ – Also rips Merkel & Gov. Brown as ‘both pretending to be solving the problem’ – Via UK Guardian: Jame Hansen’s long list of culprits for this inertia are both familiar – the nefarious lobbying of the fossil fuel industry – and surprising. Jerry Brown, the progressive governor of California, and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, are “both pretending to be solving the problem” while being unambitious and shunning low-carbon nuclear power, Hansen argues.
NASA’s James Hansen to Retire – Marc Morano Statement: ‘Celebrate! It’s A Happy Day for Science! Hansen’s sad legacy will serve as a cautionary tale for future scientists. Hansen chose ideology, activism, stagecraft and handcuffs over science. He will be sorely missed by global warming skeptics, as he made our life so much easier by just being himself. NASA & Science deserved much better than James Hansen.’