The man who kicked off the global warming charade was NASA’s James Hansen.* Hansen is global warming’s prime mover, Warmist Number One –- a chap who told the US Senate that oil company executives need to be locked up for "crimes to humanity"-- the man who likened the construction of a new coal-based power plant as equivalent to the holocaust -- who said that trains bringing coal to a new power plants are like the "death trains" moving Jews to extermination camps. A chap who never ever lets truth get in the way of his good story. Without Hansen to kick things off, Al Gore would still be just another man who used to be the next President of the US.
Today James Hansen’s former boss says Hansen is a bust. “His former supervisor at NASA, Dr. John S. Theon, now publicly disagrees with Hansen's work. In … correspondence … from earlier this month, Theon dismisses the validity of Hansen's work, charges that some scientists manipulated climate change data,” and formally joins the ranks of the skeptics. He says Hansen "embarrassed NASA" with his alarming climate claims & "never muzzled even though he violated NASA's official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind's effect on it)."
Details here: James Hansen’s Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic. [Hat tip Leighton Smith]
UPDATE: Note that Hansen’s former colleague Joanne Simpson, the author of over 190 studies and who has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years”, has now left NASA’s employ, and now, like Theon, she finally feels free to speak out [hat tip Climate Debate Daily].
“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical...The main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system.”
Why did she have to wait until she left to speak the truth? One wonders how many other scientists really are being muzzled. Says Tim Ball, who’s received more than his own share of career-threatening attacks,
“Undoubtedly, there are positions and times when people are muzzled; national security is a good example. I sympathize with young people starting out on careers. I understand the pressure of maintaining a family and paying mortgages. But none of this should apply to science. It’s a measure of the degree to which climate change has become political. It’s also a measure of the degree of bullying that has occurred. Why would a scientist in an organization directly involved in climate science not feel free to speak out?”
Good question, don’t you think? Simpson didn’t feel free to tell the truth, but her colleague, Hansen, had no problem speaking out with sexed-up lies.
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* When Hansen first sounded the alarm in Congress 20 years ago, says Steven Milloy at Junk Science, "he predicted that rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, or CO2, would drive global temperatures higher by 0.34 degrees Celsius during the 1990s. But surface temperatures increased during that decade by only 0.11 degrees Celsius and lower atmosphere temperatures actually decreased. " And that was the high point of his science.