James Hansen of NASA wants end to conventional fossil fuels
Winningreen Issue Alert A120109
James Hansen, proponent of global warming scare, wants end to conventional fossil fuels
By Gretchen Randall
Date: December 1, 2009
Issue: James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was one of the first to promote the theory of man-made global warming. Of course, he was also an early proponent of global cooling in the 1970s. But that aside, he believes the world must act to prevent global climate change from destroying the planet. In an interview last Sunday in The Observer (U.K.), Hansen, who opposes domestic cap-and-trade legislation, lays out his plan to lower emissions and stop warming.
Hansen said that governments must “phase out coal and prohibit unconventional fossil fuels.” This despite the fact that about half of the electricity produced in the U.S. comes from coal. Hansen is also upset that the U.S. and Canada have plans to build a pipeline to carry oil produced in Canada’s tar sands to furnish fuel to the U.S. military and consumers preferring that oil, gas and shale oil remain in the ground unused.
To push the use of alternatives such as solar and wind, Hansen recommends a tax on all fossil fuels to increase their cost until prices become too expensive to use coal, oil and natural gas. On one point he is correct — cap-and-trade “is astoundingly ineffective” and results in “paying off numerous special interests.”
Comment: It remains to be seen whether politicians and President Obama will throw our economy overboard in order to satisfy the U.N. and other global warming believers.
Comment: It’s alarming that government employees such as Hansen have the power to affect our energy policy.
Comment: While Hansen is, for once, right about the ineffectiveness of cap-and-trade, he overlooks the fact that it will raise energy prices because it is simply a tax in another form.
Link: Access his interview: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/nov/29/copenhagen-summit-climate-change
Contact: Gretchen Randall