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NASA's Prophet Will Give You Nightmares
Slate ^ | http://www.slate.com/id/2242201/pagenum/all/#p2 | Johann Hari

Posted on 02/02/2010 12:19:35 PM PST by Lorianne

Ignore James Hansen's climate predictions at your peril.___ I started reading James Hansen's new book, Storms of My Grandchildren, at the edge of a vanishing Arctic. I sat on a bare brown Greenland hillside listening to the ferocious crack and crash of the dying glaciers in the distance. As I watched the corpse of the ice sheet float by, broken into a thousand icebergs, it seemed the right place to begin the leading NASA scientist's explanation for what I was seeing. Since the year I was born, 1979, 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has vanished. If we don't change our behavior fast, Hansen says I will live to see the day when it is all gone, and the North Pole is a point in the open ocean, reachable by boat. He stresses these are only the starting symptoms of a planetary fever that will remake the map of the world—and the capacity of human beings to survive on it. I finished reading the book at the Copenhagen climate summit, where the world's leaders gathered to offer a giant shrug.

Professor Hansen has been driven into a strange situation, and produced a strange book. For one-third of a century now, this cantankerous scientist has been more accurate in his predictions about global warming than anyone else alive. He saw these disastrous changes coming long before others did, and the U.S. government has tried to censor or sack him for his prescience. Now he has written a whistle-blower's account while still at the top: a story of how our political system is so wilfully, deliberately blind to environmental realities that we have no choice now but for American citizens to take direct physical action against the polluters.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
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1 posted on 02/02/2010 12:19:35 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
Revelations probably has more scientific credibility than Mr. Hansen's fevered propaganda.
2 posted on 02/02/2010 12:21:18 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Lorianne

http://www.slate.com/id/2242201/pagenum/all/#p2


3 posted on 02/02/2010 12:22:07 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Barf alert?


4 posted on 02/02/2010 12:23:30 PM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Lorianne

Hansen is a fraud who believes his own scam. Take away the bad data, and which of Hansen’s global warming prophecies has come true?


5 posted on 02/02/2010 12:24:12 PM PST by pallis
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To: DariusBane

I think this is beyond barf.


6 posted on 02/02/2010 12:25:08 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sorry, pet peeve: Revelation (no S)


7 posted on 02/02/2010 12:25:24 PM PST by WVNan (.)
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To: Lorianne

If every human on the face of the Earth ceased all activity and put zero emissions into the air, it wouldn’t stop the climate change taking place now. What’s happening now is happening because of natural forces, not because of what we are doing.


8 posted on 02/02/2010 12:25:30 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: Lorianne

Wow! I suppose this stooge hasn’t even read some of those East Anglia emails or chose to ignore them because he’s too intellectually lazy to re-examine his false belief in AGW.

Your prophet is a corrupt stooge that very well may be forced to resign in disgrace if we get a sane president in the future.


9 posted on 02/02/2010 12:26:15 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Lorianne
Since the year I was born, 1979, 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has vanished. If we don't change our behavior fast, Hansen says I will live to see the day when it is all gone, and the North Pole is a point in the open ocean, reachable by boat.

Maybe we should point out to these people that when you go to the Arctic Sea in the summer there is less ice than when you visit in the winter, then everything is all frozen up again.

10 posted on 02/02/2010 12:26:30 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: Lorianne

>> This is only one of a dozen effects of global warming that are just as terrifying. If we burn all the world’s remaining fossil fuels, there is only one precedent in the climate record for the warming that will occur. It happened at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago, when the world warmed by 6 degrees. The result? Almost everything on Earth died. A solitary pig-sized creature, the Lystrosaurus, had the land to itself for another 30 million years. Hansen’s is the only nonfiction book to ever give me nightmares. <<

IDIOT!!!! The Permian Extinction was not caused by the warming of the planet a mere 6 degrees, but by other factors, one such factor may have been rapidly increased volcanic activity and another theory could have been Gamma Ray Burst leaving to massive amounts of Nitrous Oxide int he Atmosphere, NOT CO2. Plus at the time we had a “Super Continent” called Pangea which could have increase the effects of some of the above mentioned causes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian%E2%80%93Triassic_extinction_event


11 posted on 02/02/2010 12:27:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Lorianne
we have no choice now but for American citizens to take direct physical action against the polluters.

Doesn't that sound like a call for people to storm the gates of Exxon, PG&E, etc.?

12 posted on 02/02/2010 12:27:52 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
This so-called “science” is a religion to the left. It has other advantages for Mr. Hansen as well, including attractive advances for his books, and invitations to speak at “climate change” conferences all over the world and deliver his message to the true believers.

False religion and personal gain combine to make a potent combination, but one that has little relationship to the truth.

13 posted on 02/02/2010 12:28:58 PM PST by mojito
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To: Lorianne
Since the year I was born, 1979, 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has vanished.

Along with 40 percent of his brain....

14 posted on 02/02/2010 12:29:47 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Lorianne

Another overeducated nitwit, the freakin’ government is eat up with them.


15 posted on 02/02/2010 12:30:17 PM PST by mapmaker77
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To: Lorianne

Oh, I neglected to mention the opportunity to be fawned over by journalists in search of a story. However, depending on the circumstance, that may or may not be credited as an inducement.


16 posted on 02/02/2010 12:31:08 PM PST by mojito
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To: Lorianne
For one-third of a century now, this cantankerous scientist has been more accurate in his predictions about global warming than anyone else alive.

What utter BS................

17 posted on 02/02/2010 12:31:16 PM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It does ... but you know, it’s FOX news which incites civil unrest and violence, according to Nancy Pelosi and others.


18 posted on 02/02/2010 12:31:37 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: mapmaker77

“Experts should be on tap, not on top.”


19 posted on 02/02/2010 12:32:33 PM PST by PfromHoGro (Free Rush)
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To: Lorianne
The main problem with folks who buy into this silliness is that they can only consider what they're seeing with their own eyes. They can't imagine anything different, so they can't imagine that this might have happened before, many times in fact, and even before humans were on the planet.

Since THEIR lives are of paramount importance, everything that happens in their lifetimes is what determines the future.

20 posted on 02/02/2010 12:33:55 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Lorianne

Taken at face value, this is yet another example of:

“The government doesn’t work, the government is corrupt ... let’s have MORE GOVERNMENT !!!”

Maybe defunding NASA and NOAA isnt’ such a bad idea.


21 posted on 02/02/2010 12:35:22 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: DariusBane
Barf alert?

Maybe "Idiot Alert" would be more apt.

22 posted on 02/02/2010 12:36:36 PM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Lorianne
NASA's Prophet Will Give You Nightmares

BS

Ice Age Now

23 posted on 02/02/2010 12:37:53 PM PST by Errant
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To: WVNan
Sorry, pet peeve: Revelation (no S)

Mr. Hansen's work has no science in it, either.

My only point.

24 posted on 02/02/2010 12:39:50 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Lorianne

Problem is, they defunded all but the Global Warming wing at first glance.


25 posted on 02/02/2010 12:41:44 PM PST by Ingtar (I closed my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone...)
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To: Lorianne
"Since the year I was born, 1979, 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has vanished.

That, that means since the year I was born almost 60% of the ice has disappeared, oh the humanity! The Inuit are loosing population numbers by the millions and the polar bears have been drowning, and the baby harp seal hunts have been canceled, whatever shall we do to fix this problem?

I Know let's call, Super ALGOREBULL Warming man, he will fix the problems by selling carbon credits, the planet will be happy again and all the ice will come back. /heavy sarc/

26 posted on 02/02/2010 12:42:33 PM PST by sniper63 ("Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country,)
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To: GraceG
Almost everything on Earth died. A solitary pig-sized creature, the Lystrosaurus, had the land to itself for another 30 million years.

What did it eat?

27 posted on 02/02/2010 12:46:29 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Slyfox

Yeah but in winter it’s all dark most of the time up there so no one can really see it so um like it isn’t really there. /sarc


28 posted on 02/02/2010 12:50:22 PM PST by xp38
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To: DouglasKC
Since the year I was born, 1979, 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has vanished.

First of all, that statement is false. Sea ice routinely vanishes and is replenished according to natural processes including solar, oceanic and atmospheric phenomena. Secondly, using 1979 as a baseline for measurement of Arctic ice is like using the month of March as a baseline for Northern Hemispheric winter temperatures. It marks the end of a regularly-distributed cool period and the beginning of a warmer one. As to Arctic ice, the prior cool period is thought to have begun in the late 1950s (measurements were more observational rather than mechanical back then).

It appears we have now entered a new cool period, but even photographic evidence and computer metrics are ironically denied by those who accuse others of being "Deniers". Finally, James Hansen is considered to be an outlier (to be kind) even by many of his fellow Global Warmists, and an outright liar by many others.

29 posted on 02/02/2010 12:50:33 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Lorianne
A scene from the movie Deliverance comes to mind.


30 posted on 02/02/2010 12:58:56 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Marsha Coakley's been teabagged. Populists Hugo Chavez and Hussein Obama are next.)
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To: Slyfox

Youngsters are funny. They should however cleave closely to the dictum that are best seen not heard. Perhaps maturity and a wider review of available information may heal him.

Or not...


31 posted on 02/02/2010 1:01:20 PM PST by the anti-mahdi
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To: Lorianne

If you look at the number of icebergs that drift south of 48 degrees north latitude per year the number has not increased as one might expect if the Greenland iceberg producing glaciers were melting faster. I believe that the worst iceberg year was 1972.

As far as sea ice goes a couple of cold winters will produce all the sea ice that the world requires. Sea ice comes from the surface ocean waters freezing. Icebergs which drift south of 48 degrees north latitude come from fresh water glaciers calving into the Labrador Sea.

The author of this article needs to spend a couple of years on Ice Patrol with the US Coast Guard.


32 posted on 02/02/2010 1:06:31 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Lorianne

a story of how our political system is so wilfully, deliberately blind to environmental realities that we have no choice now but for American citizens to take direct physical action against the polluters.

Is he not calling for the overthrow of our government?
Direct physical action?

A pox on these enviromental fools who would see us
reduced to political slavery in the name of false
global warming.


33 posted on 02/02/2010 1:11:54 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Lorianne

34 posted on 02/02/2010 1:19:55 PM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice
Hansen Meets with NASA Scientists to Solve Global Warming


35 posted on 02/02/2010 1:21:48 PM PST by pabianice
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To: dead

>> Almost everything on Earth died. A solitary pig-sized creature, the Lystrosaurus, had the land to itself for another 30 million years.

What did it eat? <<

It ate other members of it’s species....

Duh! LOL


36 posted on 02/02/2010 1:23:25 PM PST by GraceG
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To: the anti-mahdi

Not! I know plenty of refugees from the Sixties who are as immature and inane as they were forty years ago. In fact, they’re worse now due to all the brain cells they have killed due to dope-smoking and liquor.


37 posted on 02/02/2010 1:23:25 PM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Lorianne
Melting glaciers! Oh Noes!!!

It's worse than we thought:


38 posted on 02/02/2010 1:26:22 PM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: the anti-mahdi

“With age comes wisdom. But sometimes age comes alone.” - unknown

“I like you, you remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.” - Also unknown


39 posted on 02/02/2010 1:27:48 PM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: 12Gauge687
OMG it is a Sunspot, we are entering another Warm Solar Cycle!!! Time to sell my beachfront property!
40 posted on 02/02/2010 1:28:15 PM PST by GraceG
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To: andy58-in-nh

>> It appears we have now entered a new cool period, but even photographic evidence and computer metrics are ironically denied by those who accuse others of being “Deniers”. Finally, James Hansen is considered to be an outlier (to be kind) even by many of his fellow Global Warmists, and an outright liar by many others. <<

Hide the Decline Indeed


41 posted on 02/02/2010 1:28:45 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Lorianne

What about the ridge of active volcanoes under the Artic?

Please!


42 posted on 02/02/2010 1:29:52 PM PST by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.)
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