It is one thing to see politicians make jackasses out of themselves. Movie stars, rock stars, TV personalities. But people who are supposed to be professional, practicing scientists, indeed highly-paid heads of formerly prestigious national agencies once devoted to pursuing the strategic interests of the nation, for them to rave in such a manner as this is at once maddening and saddening.
Those with a passing interest or knowledge of the global warming/climate scaring mania foisted upon the public are probably familiar with some of the rantings of Dr. James Hansen, of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, or at least have heard his name in that context. If you haven’t, or not lately, please read the entire article. Unlike President Obama on the gay marriage issue, Hansen’s position on climate change isn’t “evolving”. He is either stubbornly stuck on stupid or hopelessly mired in the willing suspension of disbelief, to borrow a phrase.
In the entire article, Hansen cites not one bit, not one iota, of scientific evidence, data or peer-reviewed postulation of theorem, just unequivocally states things that have not, indeed cannot be demonstrated, proved or even credibly proposed in an accredited scientific manner. Further, he completely ignores the vast reportage of fraud, deceit and mistake concerning the global warming scam having come forth in the last approximately three to five years. Here is a sample of the ravings of a lunatic:
GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening.
If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.
That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk.
Those are the apocalyptic consequences, says Hansen, if we don’t, say, go back to the dark ages or something, and also invade or nuke Canada to stop their oil production while we’re at it. At this point, we might note that in support of his religion – that man is causing climate change – Hansen predicts that man’s effects on the climate will be so drastic as to generate conditions that will meet or exceed those of 2.5 million years ago …….when there weren’t any men! Oil hadn’t been discovered yet, but in God’s Great Plan it was being made. And now, since there have been indications of warmer climes in days of eld, the evil dinosaurs have been charged with crimes against the climate 2.5 million years ago. You’ve probably heard about that.
However, getting down off his Al Gore high horse on the long term diaster scenarios, reminiscent of the Billy Sunday/Elmer Gantry fire and brimstone preaching of eternal damnation, Hansen hops on his pony and proceeds to totally beclown himself with the short term forecast, in which he says absolutely nothing. What follows is not just blather, it is meaningless placement of words on paper:
That is the long-term outlook. But near-term, things will be bad enough. Over the next several decades, the Western United States and the semi-arid region from North Dakota to Texas will develop semi-permanent drought, with rain, when it does come, occurring in extreme events with heavy flooding. Economic losses would be incalculable. More and more of the Midwest would be a dust bowl. California’s Central Valley could no longer be irrigated. Food prices would rise to unprecedented levels.
Semi-permanent drought….with rain…..heavy, heavy rain……rain-filled drought causing massive flooding. Good grief. Food…prices…. would…rise…to …….unprecedented levels. Unprecedented. Oh…my…God! Would they rise to levels greater than food prices were in the…Pliocene Era, Dr. Hansen? And this imbecilic non sequitur: It would be impossible, IMPOSSIBLE, I TELL YOU!, to irrigate California’s Central Valley!, says Hansen. Because, um, well it just would. Too much flooding from rain-drenched drought, probably.
Hansen gets into a bit of fancy scientific lingo with his ‘parts-per-million’ of carbon dioxide emissions, real, imagined, projected and hoped for. But incredibly, achingly, desperately, glaringly missing from the NYT op-ed piece, for a man obsessed with warmth, is any mention of what the actual temperature of the Earth is….or was… or will be.
Warming, Dr. Hansen, warming. Warmth has to do with temperature, Doctor. Temperature. What is the Temperature?”
The crowning glory of Hansen’s piece is when he applies the coup de grace and springs upon us the piece de resistance of the “noise of random weather.” Yes, let it be sung in praise to Hansen, and to Gore and the rest of the saints of the movement, the “noise of random weather”, which Hansen says he predicted as far back as 1981. Us folk out here on the prairie of course have been predicting random weather all our lives, but then, we are not the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Institute for Space Studies. What we are is ashamed of the current state of affairs in the US Government and the ‘scientific’ community. Embarassed is a supreme understatement.
postscript: In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, with the US supplying and maintaining armed forces numbering a half million or more in SE Asia and conducting massive operations , burning fossil fuels til Hell wouldn’t have it, and at the same time engaged in the Cold War, with ships and planes and commercial expeditions all over the globe, and with US manufacturing operations at the height of their glory, with industrial output booming and energy consumed in record quantities, smokestacks billowed across America and Europe, and un-catalytic-converted vehicles polluted God’s Green Earth far and wide. Concurrently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was burning up millions and millions of gallons of rocket fuel in the atmosphere in the Race to Space. There were tree huggers then, as now, but there was no EPA. There was, however, a concern among some in the scientific community, and the tabloid press, about the possibility of climate change. Not, mind you, a warming climate, but a frigid one.
Two things then happened which brought about the current scenario, which is of an America and a Western Civilization in decline and rumors of unbearable heat to come if we do not decline further. The first thing was that the Ice Age….did not happen. Which upset a lot of collectivist opportunists. The second thing was that the United States of America put the Soviet Union out of business, which enraged those same collectivists. The devices they have used, the programs, movements and institutions they have co-opted in seeking vengeance are in every part of our lives and every part of the nation’s business. Unfortunately, post 1991 or so, the nation’s traditional guardians rested, relaxed and retired , allowing the disaffected ones to ply their trade and peddle their wares. The cruel joke today is “Why did the astronaut travel to Russia? To get to the ‘International’ Space Station!”