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Old 04-07-2008, 08:41 AM  
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Earth in crisis, warns NASA's top climate scientist

http://www.physorg.com/news126761406.html
Published: 6 hours ago, 04:30 EST, April 07, 2008

Earth in crisis, warns NASA's top climate scientist

Global warming has plunged the planet into a crisis and the fossil fuel industries are trying to hide the extent of the problem from the public, NASA's top climate scientist says.

"We've already reached the dangerous level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," James Hansen, 67, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, told AFP here.

"But there are ways to solve the problem" of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which Hansen said has reached the "tipping point" of 385 parts per million.

In a paper he was submitting to Science magazine on Monday, Hansen calls for phasing out all coal-fired plants by 2030, taxing their emissions until then, and banning the building of new plants unless they are designed to trap and segregate the carbon dioxide they emit.

The major obstacle to saving the planet from its inhabitants is not technology, insisted Hansen, named one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2006 by Time magazine.

"The problem is that 90 percent of energy is fossil fuels. And that is such a huge business, it has permeated our government," he maintained.

"What's become clear to me in the past several years is that both the executive branch and the legislative branch are strongly influenced by special fossil fuel interests," he said, referring to the providers of coal, oil and natural gas and the energy industry that burns them.

In a recent survey of what concerns people, global warming ranked 25th.

"The industry is misleading the public and policy makers about the cause of climate change. And that is analogous to what the cigarette manufacturers did. They knew smoking caused cancer, but they hired scientists who said that was not the case."

Hansen says that with an administration and legislature that he believes are "well oiled, our best hope is the judicial branch."

Last year Hansen testified before the US Congress that "interference with communication of science to the public has been greater during the current administration than at any time in my career."

Government public relations officials, he said, filter the facts in science reports to reduce "concern about the relation of climate change to human-made greenhouse gas emissions."

While he recognizes that he has stepped outside the traditional role of scientists as researchers rather than as public policy advocates, he says he does so because "in this particular situation we've reached a crisis."

The policy makers, "the people who need to know are ignorant of the actual status of the matter, and the gravity of the matter, and most important, the urgency of the matter," he charged.

"It's analogous to an engineer who sees that there's a flaw in the space shuttle before it is to be launched. You don't have any choice. You have to say something. That's really all that I'm doing," he explained.

Hansen was in Wilmington to receive a 50,000 dollar Common Wealth Award for outstanding achievement, along with the former prime minister of Australia John Howard, the US actress Glenn Close, and NBC news anchor Ann Curry.

The awards are provided by a trust of the late Ralph Hayes, a former director of Coca Cola and Bank of Delaware, now PNC. In 29 years, 165 former honorees in seven fields have included former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former US newsman Walter Cronkite, French marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Howard, who would not sign the Kyoto protocol when he was in office, told AFP: "I thought it was the right policy at the time because the major emitters" were not on board."

He added: "You need a new Kyoto protocol with all the major emitters committed to it. Then you are cooking with gas."

© 2008 AFP
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:05 AM   #2
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Hey NASA? How about focusing on what you're supposed to be doing, you know, like launching rockets and stuff.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0115070306.htm

They said their new fuel "only" emits CO2 and water as a by-product making rocket launches more environmentally friendly.
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NASA’s Hansen Mentioned in Soros Foundations Annual Report
By Noel Sheppard | September 26, 2007 - 17:51 ET


As NewsBuster Jake Gontesky reported, an editorial in Investor's Business Daily Monday claimed one of billionaire leftist George Soros's foundations gave $720,000 in 2006 to the head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, James Hansen.

Since this editorial was published, according to LexisNexis and Google News searches, not one major media outlet has reported these allegations.

Maybe even more shocking is that had press outlets looked into this matter - you know, acted like journalists instead of advocates! - they would have found Hansen's name prominently mentioned in the 2006 Soros Foundations Network Report (relevant section on page 123):

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James E. Hansen, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, protested attempts to silence him after officials at NASA ordered him to refer press inquiries to the public affairs office and required the presence of a public affairs representative at any interview. The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization and OSI grantee, came to Hansen's defense by providing legal and media advice. The campaign on Hansen's behalf resulted in a decision by NASA to revisit its media policy.

Fascinating, wouldn't you agree?

Here, in Soros Foundations' annual report, is a direct connection to Hansen, along with an admission that "The campaign on Hansen's behalf resulted in a decision by NASA to revisit its media policy."

As is typical, a global warming obsessed media don't find this newsworthy. Think they'd be so disinterested if this smoking gun involved an oil company giving money to a Republican official?

While you ponder, forward to page 143 (emphasis added):

note: The Strategic Opportunities Fund includes grants related to Hurricane Katrina ($1,652,841); media policy ($1,060,000); and politicization of science ($720,000).

Add it all up, and everything the IBD editorial claimed - that a high-ranking official at NASA may have received money from an organization funded by George Soros in order to politicize science -- is actually available in this annual report.

Yet, not one media outlet thought this was newsworthy.

How disgraceful.

—Noel Sheppard is an economist, business owner, and Associate Editor of NewsBusters.
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Fascinating, wouldn't you agree?
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Hansen is very well known as a liberal idiot who every one else in NASA laughs at. He has taken a fortune from Soros to hold his views which almost every other scientist at NASA disagrees with.

He has been very close to losing his job several times because he spends so much "company time" working on his political agenda.
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What's funny?
I can't decide which is funnier...

Chastizing NASA for studying a planet in Space.

Or

Implying that Earth is no longer a planet in Space at all.
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He has been very close to losing his job several times because he spends so much "company time" working on his political agenda.
There are some people on this board who could probably learn from this.
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I can't decide which is funnier...

Chastizing NASA for studying a planet in Space.

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Implying that Earth is no longer a planet in Space at all.
I don't think it's funny either way, personally. NASA has long lost its way, and it makes me sad. It really does.
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I don't think it's funny either way, personally. NASA has long lost its way, and it makes me sad. It really does.
I never took you to so stunningly ignorant or so endlessly partisan as to lie about the history of NASA in order to silence the study of facts you prefer not to hear.

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ogc/abou...t1.html#POLICY
AN ACT
To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

TITLE I--SHORT TITLE, DECLARATION OF POLICY, AND DEFINITIONS
SHORT TITLE
Sec. 101. This Act may be cited as the "National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958."

DECLARATION OF POLICY AND PURPOSE
Sec. 102. [...]
(c) The Congress declares that the general welfare of the United States requires that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (as established by title II of this Act) seek and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of space.

(d) The aeronautical and space activities of the United States shall be conducted so as to contribute materially to one or more of the following objectives:
(1) The expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space;
The #1 stated objective in the Congressional Act establishing NASA is to study Earth and it's atmosphere, even being noted before space itself.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:02 AM   #15
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I never took you to so stunningly ignorant or so endlessly partisan as to lie about the history of NASA in order to silence the study of facts you prefer not to hear.

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ogc/abou...t1.html#POLICY
AN ACT
To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

TITLE I--SHORT TITLE, DECLARATION OF POLICY, AND DEFINITIONS
SHORT TITLE
Sec. 101. This Act may be cited as the "National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958."

DECLARATION OF POLICY AND PURPOSE
Sec. 102. [...]
(c) The Congress declares that the general welfare of the United States requires that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (as established by title II of this Act) seek and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of space.

(d) The aeronautical and space activities of the United States shall be conducted so as to contribute materially to one or more of the following objectives:
(1) The expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space;
The #1 stated objective in the Congressional Act establishing NASA is to study Earth and it's atmosphere, even being noted before space itself.
Wow. Touchy today, eh?

No, I'm quite familiar with that one. You might note, however, that the following eight activities are directly related to flight in both the atmosphere and space.

Ironically, I think I read that the Democrats recently slashed NASA's budget. I wonder why they don't care about global warming?
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