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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.