Dedicated to the balanced discussion of global warming
carbon offset / trading greenhouse kyoto climate model Inconvenient Truth bio fuel ipcc Glacier

Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist

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.”

You can read the entire article here.

Did you know that you can have these articles emailed to you? Click on the Subscribe to email link in the upper right corner, fill out the details, and you are set. No one will see your email address and you won’t get more spam by doing this.

Similar articles that you may enjoy:

7 Responses to “Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist”

  1. Bit of a pity for him that global temperatures have been decreasing since the high temperatures in 1998.

    Since his prediction is for increases, his science has been falsified.

    Nick

  2. Put Jimmy Hansen on trial for falsifying data, embellishing temp. records, massaging climate models, transferring a $700,000 Soros grant into political rhetoric costing corporations billions, and using a Government position to spout unproven malarkey.

    But, first…fire his political hack posterior.

  3. JRL – I understand your response but putting him on trial is just as bad as his stance. He is welcome to speak his mind and, if he so chooses, distort reality in anyway he wants. In that regard he would not be unlike most political candidates!

    I do wonder on the policy of government scientists that use their position to condone political agendas. If Mr. Hansen was speaking as a private citizen, that is fine, but having a government employee actively campaign against an elected representative using his government credentials seems to be wrong.

  4. I agree, Jim Hansen has fallen off the deep end. He must be very frustrated that after devoting the last 20 years to convince the world that he is right and no one could possibly question or disagree with him, that everyone does not share his belief that man is responsible for the world’s problems. Not only does he show his narrowmindness, he shows that he is a zealot. Now he wants to imprison or kill anyone that disagrees with him. Can you spell ADOLPH HITLER?

  5. On the one hand, I appreciate Hansen’s honesty and the role he is currently playing in bringing some sanity back into the climate change debate by showing just how insane some of the AGW supporters have gotten.

    But I also agree with your concern in the above comment, Sean, that government employees should not engage in politicking. He should quit NASA or be fired. If he loses his impressive NASA title, he may find he is no longer valuable to Soros either, but that is a price he should be willing to pay to save the world.

  6. Ah…it’s that internet thingy…you didn’t hear the tone of my voice and see the roll of my eyes.

    [sarcasm] Put Jimmy Hansen on trial for falsifying data, embellishing temp. records, massaging climate models, transferring a $700,000 Soros grant into political rhetoric costing corporations billions, and using a Government position to spout unproven malarkey. [/sarcasm]

    This part below I stand behind.

    But, firstfire his political hack posterior.

    Sincerely,
    JR, Esquire ;D

  7. Come on Jim, show me all the oil money flowing to, for example, petitionproject dot org – you can’t – you’re a FRAUD and in on a colossal scam by AL Gore, Maurice Strong, Ted Turner and George Soros. You simply have ZERO physical evidence that humans cause global warming. You have ONLY your precious computer programs THAT WERE PROVEN WRONG since 1998.