James Hansen compares “global warming” to slavery, Nazism

Posted by: ST on December 3, 2009 at 9:38 pm

And furthermore, he’s tired of even his AGW allies “compromising” on the issue, and believes that Copenhagen will solve nothing:

In an interview with the Guardian, James Hansen, the world’s pre-eminent climate scientist, said any agreement likely to emerge from the negotiations would be so deeply flawed that it would be better to start again from scratch.

“I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it’s a disaster track,” said Hansen, who heads the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.


Hansen is also fiercely critical of Barack Obama – and even Al Gore, who won a Nobel peace prize for his efforts to get the world to act on climate change – saying politicians have failed to meet what he regards as the moral challenge of our age.

In Hansen’s view, dealing with climate change allows no room for the compromises that rule the world of elected politics. “This is analagous to the issue of slavery faced by Abraham Lincoln or the issue of Nazism faced by Winston Churchill,” he said. “On those kind of issues you cannot compromise. You can’t say let’s reduce slavery, let’s find a compromise and reduce it 50% or reduce it 40%.”

He added: “We don’t have a leader who is able to grasp it and say what is really needed. Instead we are trying to continue business as usual.”

And what is “really needed”? We can only speculate, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet that in the minds of climate alarmists like Hansen, a “by any means necessary” approach to attempts at “combatting global warming” is completely acceptable – and vitally “necessary,” even if it means forcing people and businesses into, among other things, a lifetime of high “carbon taxes,” forced sterilization for population control purposes, and driving unsafe but “environmentally friendly” vehicles.

And that’s just the beginning.

Oh – speaking of Copenhagen, you may have heard that the Goracle has cancelled a personal appearance he was supposed to make there, but don’t think he’s doing it out of guilt over the massive carbon footprint the “conference” will leave behind. He’ll still be there:

The former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner had been scheduled to speak to more than 3,000 people at a Dec. 16 event hosted by the Berlingske Tidende newspaper group.

The group says Gore canceled the lecture Thursday, citing unforeseen changes in his schedule.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider says the decision was made because of “all the events going on with the summit.” Dec. 16 is a key date for the meeting because that’s when the ministerial segment starts.

Some are speculating that the real reason Gore, who also once compared the fight against global warming to the fight against Nazism, cancelled the “mulitmedia” event was due to the ongoing, still-developing ClimateGate scandal. Seriously? ClimateGate hasn’t affected most of the true believers one iota, as evidenced by Hansen’s apocalyptic rants and Gore’s recent comments to the UK Times Online:

Even if a deal is reached at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen next week it will only be the first step towards the far more radical cuts that are needed in global carbon emissions, Al Gore, the former US Vice-President, told The Times last night.

Mr Gore said that to avoid the worst ravages of climate change world leaders would have to come together again to set more drastic reductions than those now planned.

“Even a final treaty will have to set the stage for other tougher reductions at a later date,” he said. “We have already overshot the safe levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.”

He insisted that the present goal set for Copenhagen of stabilising world emissions of carbon dioxide at or below 450 parts per million — enough to prevent a rise in average global temperatures of no more than 2C — was insufficient and a safer target would be 350 parts per million.

“Are we doing enough? The answer is obviously no — 450 is not the right target. But it is presently seen as beyond the capacity of governments around the world. We are stretching the capacity of governments even to hit a 450 target.”

“We are gambling with the future of human civilisation in accepting odds that by any definition make our present course reckless . . . But it’s still the most likely path to success.”

Yeah, if by “success” you mean lining his pockets – and the research grant pockets of the “scientists” at the CRU and NASA.

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17 Responses to “James Hansen compares “global warming” to slavery, Nazism”


  1. teqjack says:

    Prof Hansen, Lincoln compromised on the slavery issue. Repeatedly. How did you manage to skip US history classes from grade eight through graduate school? Oh, and Churchill made the occasional strategic compromise in the fight against Nazism as well, if generally by allowing them an advantage in one area to gain greater advantage for the anti-Nazi side elsewhere – rather like sacrificing pawns in a chess game.

    And how did helping Ehrlich with his “Population bomb” and various “peak” resources, everything doomed to fall apart by the mid-1980s, work for you?

  2. Carlos says:

    OK, so fighting slavery was done because slavery was a bad thing, and fighting Nazis was done because Nazis are a bad thing.

    So what you’re telling us, Mr. Hansen, is that with your draconian proposed measures based upon studies done by charlatans, cheats and thieves, is that the slavery Lincoln fought and the Nazis Churchill and the United States fought were bad then but OK now, because that’s exactly what we will end up with should your proposals become the law of the world.

    Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take my chances with burning to a crisp over pseudo-science, and hope you and your kind have a special place in the charlatan’s corner in Hell.

  3. Otter says:

    A thought occured to me this morning: if, as the hystericysts claim, the ‘denialists’ are getting vastly more money for their research than groups like Hadley-CRU…. then would that not mean they (the ‘denialists’) would be better equipped, be able to find vastly more data, and therefore be better able to accurately map out what has happened and what is happening?

  4. your mama says:

    Lets see,we foughtt against slavery and won,we fought against nazism and won,now we’re fighting againt the fraud that is climate change,I see another win on the horizon.

  5. Brian says:

    Anyone who has a little basic science education and spends a few hours thinking about the greenhouse gas effect and global warming will very quickly realize that it cannot be true, at least in the sense that Hansen believes it. Hansen and his fellow global warming alarmists have spent 30 years suppressing the science that disagrees with his theory, and fabricating data to support it. They want to use this theory to dramatically change people’s lives and control what people do at a basic level.

    It is Hansen and his co-conspirators who are the Nazis and who would enslave the rest of us.

  6. Drider says:

    To put it in simple terms.The “Global Warming” stunt is now being proven as a complete fraud but the worlds leaders obviously will do whatever they can to keep the lie alive and they are doing it for money, money taken from the wallets of people worldwide.

    Tell a lie over and over and people believe it, I believe that was a Nazi who said that, to take wealth from people who are not willing to part with it, is slavery.

    With the evidence of these, for lack of a better word, Scientists, having purposely falsifying and skewing the data for whatever ends should be a huge red flag, worldwide investigations and a complete halt to any climate change summits, lest those leaders who are responsible for their citizens be duped into accords where massive sums of treasure is wasted but that is not what we are seeing, instead we see these leaders focused on those who scooped the evidence.

    Frankly, if this ruse carries on from here, all dictionaries need the word “Treason” stricken from their books.

  7. Lorica says:

    James Hansen is the Bernie Maddoff of the scientific community, and as such, he should be tried and convicted for Fraud. It is idiotic for him to continue this fraud when there is so much evidence of global warming being fraud. – Lorica

  8. Carlos says:

    I hate to disagree with most posters here, but global warming is real. Just as real as global cooling.

    What is in question here is whether mankind had/has anything to do with it, and that is where the skewed data comes into play.

    Personally, it is my belief right now that it is the ultimate in homocentrism if one believes mankind has had any, and I do mean ANY, significant effect on global warming. Or cooling. If real scientists (not charlatans) were to present valid, replicable data showing differently I would be more than pleased to examine my belief, but so far I’ve only been able to detect lies built upon lies in an attempt to enslave the planet because “smart people” should be running everything and we poor, dumb commoners just can’t be trusted to make any decisions without screwing up the world.

  9. sunsettommy says:

    Why is the Director of a science based institution,so busy pushing anti-science political environmentalism?

  10. Neo says:

    Yesterday we got copied on this message Schlesinger sent to New York Times science reporter Andy Revkin:
    Andy: Copenhagen prostitutes? Climate prostitutes? Shame on you for this gutter reportage. [Emphasis added.] This is the second time this week I have written you thereon, the first about giving space in your blog to the Pielkes. The vibe that I am getting from here, there and everywhere is that your reportage is very worrisome to most climate scientists. Of course, your blog is your blog. But, I sense that you are about to experience the ‘Big Cutoff’ from those of us who believe we can no longer trust you, me included. [Emphasis added.] Copenhagen prostitutes? Unbelievable and unacceptable. What are you doing and why? Michael

    Any questions why the MSM has been so quiet ?