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The Guardian – June 23, 2008
Jim Hansen of NASA must have finally gone off the deep end. While the man is probably brilliant, his call to put the CEOs of companies on trial for global warming is one of the most radical statements that I have heard in this global warming discussion. He states that he is 99% certain that carbon dioxide has already passed the safe level.
Mr. Hansen is certainly free to challenge the election of politicians and to speak on what he feels needs to be done. However, when someone calls for radical measures such as putting CEOs on trial for high crimes against humanity, I immediately put him into the weirdo bucket and dismiss him as a heretic.
In order to make an argument more likely to be accepted by the world, personal attacks and radical measures must not be said but kept in the closet. For all his scientific knowledge, Mr. Hansen has just relegated himself to the obscure.
Other comments from around the web on this radical statement by Mr. Hansen:
James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming….
Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading.
He is also considering personally targeting members of Congress who have a poor track record on climate change in the coming November elections. He will campaign to have several of them unseated.
…he is now 99% certain that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has already risen beyond the safe level.
“The problem is not political will, it’s the alligator shoes – the lobbyists. It’s the fact that money talks in Washington, and that democracy is not working the way it’s intended to work.”
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