Editor’s Note: What global warming gatekeeper James Hansen failed to mention here is that climate skeptics aren’t just winning the battle, they’ve won the battle. Ironically, if anthropgenic global warming had been an official religion it would have had more chance success, but as science, it was doomed from day one.
October 12, 2011
Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world’s most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said in London yesterday.
It is happening even though climate science itself is becoming ever clearer in showing that the earth is in increasing danger from rising temperatures, said Dr Hansen, who heads NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, and is widely thought of as “the father of global warming” – his dramatic alert about climate change in US Senate hearings in July 1988 put the issue on the world agenda.
Since then he has been one of the most outspoken advocates of drastic climate action, and yesterday he also publicly criticised Germany’s recent decision to abandon its new nuclear power programme, formerly a key part of German climate measures, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan earlier this year.
“I think it was a big mistake,” he said. “And I think the Prime Minister [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] knows that, as she’s a physicist, but I think the political reality is she couldn’t stay in office if she expressed that opinion.”