Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Global Warming = Nazism = Slavery

So says James Hansen...

The Huffington Post (ugh!)
Obama's Second Chance on the Predominant Moral Issue of This Century

President Obama, finally, took a get-involved get-tough approach to negotiations on health care legislation and the arms control treaty with Russia -- with success. Could this be the turn-around for what might still be a great presidency?

The predominant moral issue of the 21st century, almost surely, will be climate change, comparable to Nazism faced by Churchill in the 20th century and slavery faced by Lincoln in the 19th century. Our fossil fuel addiction, if unabated, threatens our children and grandchildren, and most species on the planet.

Yet the president, addressing climate in the State of the Union, was at his good-guy worst, leading with "I know that there are those who disagree..." with the scientific evidence. This weak entrée, almost legitimizing denialists, was predictably greeted by cheers and hoots from well-oiled coal-fired Congressmen. The president was embarrassed and his supporters cringed.

Next to Al Gore, James Hansen (another government/NASA employee) is probably most guilty of spreading the AGW scam. I don't know if he says crap like this to get attention or if he's really crazy:
CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature. (Guardian UK)

I'm not sure how he can compare "human caused" climate warming to the murder of millions of Jews in WW2 or tens of millions of slaves, current or in the past. The climate changes all the time throughout the history of the planet and humans thrive when the temperature is warmer rather than colder.

From this chart, it appears that there is a lot of variability in the global climate, as implied by the amount of ice. The last ice-age ended about 12k years ago where most of North America was covered by mile high glaciers. Seriously, do we want to go back to that?

My real question is what is driving these people to make these outrageous comments and projections? Maybe the global temperature will go up a bit (I'm not convinced about 10°C in 100 years predictions) but there's nothing to suggest the catastrophic flooding and starvation of hundreds of millions of people. I know why Al Gore is doing it... to make money on all his carbon trading businesses, but these advocate/scientists? Like I was telling Leon, I don't have kids and all this won't impact me before I die so deep down, I don't care... just don't tax me anymore!

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