Ex-NASA climate guru suing President Obama wants Big Oil to fork over trillions

Hansen in 1988 testimony.

Hansen in 1988 testimony.

James Hansen, NASA’s ex-climate chief at the forefront of the global warming movement, has a new paper that previews an apocalyptic future from #Climate Change unless we stop emitting all carbon dioxide. And he wants the fossil fuel industry to foot the trillion-dollar bill.

For Hansen, these types of papers are nothing new. He has been warning of Earth’s looming demise since 1988 when he told Congress that the planet was heating up and it was our fault; he gave a ten-year temperature prediction that was off by 300 percent. Other predictions over his storied career were just as unsuccessful.

Now the scientist-turned-activist wants fossil fuel companies held liable and forced to pay for the so-called climate change problem via judicial activism. And he wrote this paper to support his contention.

He has called the Paris Climate Agreement “toothless” and no better than its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol. He noted the countries that have signed on to this latest climate deal are deluding themselves. These “governments clapped themselves on the back but when you look at the #Science it doesn’t compute, it’s not true.” Ouch.

Suing President Obama

Hansen believes the current global warming predictions will cost future generations trillions of dollars and leave young people a problem they can’t control, namely the climate. “It’s not clear they will be able to take such actions,” Hansen told reporters.

He also said fossil fuel companies need to pay for the hundreds of trillions of dollars that a warming world will cost, seemingly mindless that trillions have already been spent on renewables, carbon capture technology, zero emission vehicles, the Clean Power Plan, and much more to little effect.

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    Dan Pangburn

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    Science shows that ghg which do not condense in the atmosphere (including CO2) have no significant effect on climate. Water vapor, the only ghg which condenses, is one of the three significant climate drivers.

    Carbon dioxide has no significant effect on climate.

    The average amount of time that passes between when a molecule of CO2 in the atmosphere absorbs the energy and momentum of a photon until it emits one (the relaxation time) is about 6 microseconds (values from 6 to 10 microseconds are reported) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.49709540302/abstract . Heat is conducted in the atmosphere by elastic collisions between molecules. The average time between collisions of molecules in the atmosphere at sea level conditions is less than 0.0002 microseconds http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/kinetic/frecol.html .

    Thus it is at least 30,000 times more likely that a collision will occur (thermal conduction) than a photon will be emitted. The process of a molecule absorbing the energy in a photon and conducting the energy (and momentum) to other molecules is thermalization. Thermalized energy carries no identity of the molecule that absorbed it.
    Reverse thermalization, where the warmed jostling molecules excite some molecules to emit a photon is almost entirely to water vapor molecules.

    Thermalization explains why CO2 (or any other gas which does not condense in the atmosphere) has no significant effect on climate. Discover what does (98%match with measurements 1895-2015) at http://globalclimatedrivers2.blogspot.com

    Water vapor has been increasing since it has been measured world wide (1988). If human activity is contributing to global warming (or countering global cooling) it is because of contribution to increase in water vapor (mostly from irrigation and burning hydrogen rich fossil fuels). Of course increased water vapor causes the planet to warm or at least resist cooling. Warming allows further water vapor increase so there is a cumulative effect.

    Changing from coal to natural gas has no significant effect on climate but increases water vapor which increases rain which increases the probability of flooding.

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    Amber

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    Hansen is just being a big silly . When you are 300% wrong on you doom and gloom forecasts you carry zero weight .
    He is right the Paris Accord is unenforceable and simply guarantees more conferences
    served by a fleet of fossil fuel belching aircraft and limo’s .
    Chicken Little is good at getting arrested but not so hot on climate forecasting .
    Besides warming is overall good and the climate changes regardless of humans
    over inflated ego of thermostat setters .
    No doubt Hansen is an intelligent dedicated person but his talents appear to be wasted on the global warming fear industry .

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    Amber

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    Even Hansen describes the Paris Pledge as” toothless ” . Well at least there is agreement on that . The ink isn’t even dry and major climb downs are starting by early adopters who’s citizens are fed up with the needlessly high energy costs .
    What exactly is the pledge of the Communist Party Of China , the largest polluter on the planet ? Grow their emissions till at least 2030 . By then the scary global warming scam will not even be on the radar . Most of the ring leaders of the scam will be carbon footprints and people in North America holding down 3 part time jobs will wonder
    why their countries sold them out . Somehow a fraction of a degree is just not going to cut it . The reality is the Paris Pledge will never be adopted but the all expense conferences will be going strong .

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