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The James Hansen Crusade Against Fossil Fuels

July 3, 2008

Sadly, the acolytes of Al Gore consider Hansen to be the oracle of climate science and have adopted his views uncritically.

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Dr. James Hansen, chief of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, came to Washington on June 18 at the invitation of Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass) to recreate his famous testimony of the hot, drought-stricken summer of 1988. In this testimony, presided over by Senator Tim Wirth, he had claimed, with 99 percent certainty, that global warming (GW) was manmade; it had a lot to do with starting the craze of climate catastrophism. At that time, Hansen predicted huge temperature increases and apocalyptic consequences, such as sea level rise and catastrophic weather events, unless we stopped burning fossil fuels to generate energy.

It was this hype that prompted me, first to publish an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal, then a more detailed article (with oceanographer Roger Revelle and energy expert Chauncey Starr), and eventually to develop the evidence that climate change was caused by natural forces rather than by man’s emission of greenhouse gases.

Twenty years later, we find that temperatures have hardly increased – in fact they have been falling in the last ten years – and that sea level is nowhere near the levels predicted. None of this has diminished Hansen’s stature as a “prophet” to “true believers” in human-caused global warming. The acolytes of Al Gore consider Hansen to be the oracle of climate science and have adopted his views uncritically. He himself has not wavered; he now claims certainty “exceeding 99 percent.”

Author
Dr. S. Fred Singer was among the first and is still the most prominent scientist in the world speaking out against global warming alarmism.
singer@sepp.org