A letter to the editor in Monday’s Arizona Daily Star characterizes James Hansen as “our leading climate scientist.” The letter was written by the head of a climate activist group which I mentioned in a previous post: Climate craziness and warming activists. Hansen, an astronomer, is head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. He has been the doomsayer-sayer-in-chief of the climate alarmists along with Al Gore. Hansen has been quoted as saying, “The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains.” It was Hansen’s Congressional testimony in 1988 that really spurred all the global warming craziness. So let’s take a closer look at how the predictions of “our leading climate scientist” turned out. The graphic below was published by Hansen in 1988 showing his predictions of what would happen to global temperature if we did not immediately greatly curtail carbon dioxide emissions. The graphic has been annotated by Dr. David Evans, an Australian mathematician. We see that reality has been quite different from the predictions.
Normally, when a scientist’s hypothesis is falsified by additional data, the scientist modifies his hypothesis. No so with James Hansen; he is still adamant about the dangers of carbon dioxide. In fact, Hansen was recently arrested protesting in front of the White House, but was released in time to participate in a protest in New York City where he is quoted as saying, “If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”
Here is the “business as usual” temperature record so far for the Southern U.S.:
Given the antics of “our leading climate scientist,” one wonders if climate science as practiced today is really a science. Maybe it should be called “climastrology.”
See how Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project fabricated their Climate 101 video “Simple Experiment” here.
And for your amusement, see lists of things and conditions blamed on global warming: