BREAKING: James Hansen to leave NASA to be full time activist

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I checked first, thinking this was some April Fools joke, it appears legit. (h/t to Tom Nelson and Skiphil)

Climate Alarmist Jim Hansen leaving NASA on Wed. to devote himself to legal and political activism:

Hansen retiring from NASA to press legal and activist efforts

At the same time, retirement will allow Dr. Hansen to press his cause in court. He plans to take a more active role in lawsuits challenging the federal and state governments over their failure to limit emissions, for instance, as well as in fighting the development in Canada of a particularly dirty form of oil extracted from tar sands.

“As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,” he said in an interview.

In the interview and in subsequent e-mails, Dr. Hansen made it clear that his new independence would allow him to take steps he could not have taken as a government employee. He plans to lobby European leaders — who are among the most concerned about climate change — to impose a tax on oil derived from tar sands. Its extraction results in greater greenhouse emissions than conventional oil.

Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement on climate change, led by young people. Once he finishes his final papers as a NASA employee, he intends to give it his full support.

“At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having an arrest record.”

Full story at The NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/james-e-hansen-retiring-from-nasa-to-fight-global-warming.html?pagewanted=all

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264 Responses to BREAKING: James Hansen to leave NASA to be full time activist

  1. ZootCadillac says:

    So, they offered him a way out or offered to sack him? Either way, Bon voyage Mr delusional.

  2. Klench Mychiques says:

    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.

  3. richdo says:

    Pinch me.

  4. I would be very pleased if Michael Mann would also follow his hero into battle full time. Maybe Trenberth would find his missing heat within the anger fueling Hansen’s quest!.

  5. H.R. says:

    No more being muzzled. Now he’s finally free to speak his mind and promote his political views. /bitter sarc

  6. Eric says:

    He is 72 – so no, this cannot be seen as anything else imo.

  7. petermue says:

    Ha Ha Ha Hansen
    Say no more.

  8. tallbloke says:

    Or was he pushed…
    Sea change…

  9. PaulH says:

    I wonder from where Hansen will obtain his funding. Tides Foundation? Greenpeace? Oak Foundation? Sierra Club? I’m sure he will be well taken-care-of as a lawsuit waving activist.

  10. Peter Miller says:

    Pushed before shoved, or super-ego running rampant?

    Anyway, it just goes to prove there is no fraud like an old fraud.

  11. Layne Blanchard says:

    Wonder who is paying his expenses?

  12. This smell like fish… Probably a good move for him, can pursue his dreams with no strings attached. Lets just hope he does not use his old title to push more nonsense!

  13. jorgekafkazar says:

    Tell me this again tomorrow.

  14. Mark Bofill says:

    tallbloke says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Or was he pushed…
    Sea change…

    ————–
    Could be. Does his recent paper (Climate forcing growth rates: doubling down on our Faustian bargain) make more sense in this context? Maybe this wasn’t enough? Don’t know.

  15. Lady Life Grows says:

    What’s to celebrate? The US Supremes have already proven that judges have little clue about science, even going so far as to tell the EPA that it did have enough evidence to make a ruling.
    Those people are fanatics–if even the EPA did not feel it had enough evidence to push the panic button, then it did not.

    There is no living creature on Earth that does not derive all its tissues from the biochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. Mr. Hansen and others are indirectly responsible for killing myriads of Arabs through food riots (“Arab Spring”) by promoting corn ethanol as a solution to the warming non-problem.

    These people believe firmly in “overpopulation” and the need to reduce the numbers of people on Earth. They also threaten every other living thing, all the way down to bacteria.

    Now one of the worst fanatics is relieved of all useful work to spend his full time fighting economic and biologic well-being.

    What’s to celebrate?

  16. jorgekafkazar says:

    But then what day would be more appropriate than today?

  17. Phil's Dad says:

    Can’t wait for Climategate 12 to find out if he went of his own free will.

    (By the way if he wants to lobby in Europe he had better hurry – change is coming.)

  18. MichaelS says:

    “Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.”

    I could list dozens of individuals throughout history who stood up for what they believed, yet destroyed the lives of many in the process.

  19. KevinM says:

    Always fighting against things. Does anyone fight for things anymore.

  20. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    WOOT! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  21. Robert M says:

    Ah, yes. Mr. Hansen, now that we have you under oath, which is it?
    1. Do coal fired power plants:
    A. Warm the planet. Or
    B. Cool the planet.
    C. Depends on what you need them to do at the moment.
    Note: You may pick one, but no matter what you answered, we have you on record as saying the opposite.

    2. You have stated on the the record, that it is OK to break the law, to support global warming alarmists positions. As you know, perjury is against the law, how can you expect to court to take you seriously when this is your stated position?

    A. I was lying then, and I’m lying now, you gotta believe me.
    B. I wasn’t lying, I’m just incompetent.
    C. The truth? You can’t handle the truth! The truth is… What day is it?

  22. @njsnowfan says:

    Figured that would come soon after his report last week on coal keeping temps level. That is not in Pres Obamas Master Plan..
    He should of been forced to retire after his firse arrest anyways.

  23. Magnus says:

    He’ll be the hero of a new Al Gore movie? Sitting ice cold on a coal train in a Siberian-cold Britain, trying to stop the train so that the danger of a warm Britain is stopped. And in the meantime cops hunting him! Whom of you would be against this suffering hero, really? They win, we lose. :(

  24. David L. says:

    They used to call it senility years ago.

  25. John Blake says:

    Absent his glorified official title this fatuous and inane prevaricator may chain himself to a fence forever, for all anyone will care.

  26. @njsnowfan says:

    Ring Ring Ring, Hello, Jim this is Al Gore we need you and want you to join our team.

  27. Latitude says:

    …now he’s free to take in as much money as he wants

  28. J. Fujita says:

    Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.
    ——————————————————-
    You are capable of standing when pushed out the door, but you’ve still been pushed. It will be interesting to see if he’ll be lobbying as a private citizen or as a paid lobbyist. Perhaps he found the line between scientist and advocate was a lot easier to cross, or maybe it’s just because that line was crossed awhile ago.

  29. William Astley says:

    James Hansen did not say CO2 increases would turn the earth into Venus. (See New Times Article that states oceans boiling.) Prior to the anthrogenic emission of CO2, atmospheric CO2 was at its lowest level in 500 million years, 280 ppm. Hansen is predicted 3C warming for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm to 560 ppm which is alarmist, not correct. The IPCC GCM prediction of 3C warming for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 requires that the planet amplify warming (positive feedback).

    As the below graph of paleoclimatic temperature VS atmospheric CO2 levels there has been periods of millions of years when atmospheric CO2 has been high and the planet was colded (ice epoch) and periods when the planet was warm and atmospheric CO2 was low. A lack of correlation of planetary temperature and atmospheric CO2 levels indicates that greenhouse gas warming including CO2 saturates.

    An observation that supports that assertion is the CO2 warming theory predicted tropical troposphere hot spot (the hot spot was predicted to occur high in the atmosphere at 10 km) is not observed. The majority of the CO2 warming is predicted to occur in the tropics. The actual warming occurred in the Northern Hemisphere, primarily in the Arctic.

    http://www.clearlight.com/~mhieb/WVFossils/PageMill_Images/image277.gif

    We have ice caps on both poles. We are at the end of the so called interglacial period. There have been 22 interglacial/glacial periods.

    Quote from the New York Times article:
    “He has repeatedly called for trying the most vociferous climate-change deniers for “crimes against humanity.” And in recent years, he stated that excessive carbon dioxide emissions might eventually lead to a runaway greenhouse effect that would boil the oceans and render earth uninhabitable, much like Venus.

    His colleagues pointed out that this had not happened even during exceedingly warm episodes in the earth’s ancient past. “I have huge respect for Jim, but in this particular case, he overstated the risk,” said Daniel P. Schrag, a geochemist and the head of Harvard’s Center for the Environment, who is nonetheless deeply worried about climate change.

    Climate skeptics have routinely accused Dr. Hansen of alarmism. “He consistently exaggerates all the dangers,” Freeman Dyson, the famed physicist and climate contrarian, told The New York Times Magazine in 2009. “

  30. On why Hansen may be leaving NASA to go into pure enviro-advocacy, one might recall a movie quote from “Margin Call” where a risk analysis guy was asked how he came into his current job from being a rocket scientist:

    “It’s all just numbers really, just changing what you are adding up, and to speak freely, the money here is considerably more attractive.”

  31. jbutzi says:

    I don’t get it…based on his last paper and the shocking revelation that burning coal was responsible for greening the biosphere, I thought he was coming to his senses. How can he ‘testify’ that coal and other CO2 emissions are evil with that in his resume? I thought his finding was significant (for him) and would result is a sea change of opinion about the nature of the ‘problem’ by others. What am I missing?

  32. CodeTech says:

    Dear Mr. Hansen:

    While “fighting Canada” may make you a hero to your buddies, it makes you a personal enemy of mine. As an Alberta resident I am more aware of what’s going on here than you are. You will not be allowed to bring down our economy. And we don’t have “tar sands”, they are Oilsands, a natural oil spill of biblical proportions that we are CLEANING UP.

  33. Jimbo says:

    Had NASA had enough? Was he pressured? Did he get a big pay off?

    Hansen is the biggest disgrace NASA has ever employed. He is not an Earth climate scientist but an astronomer. Yet he warned us about runaway global warming which the IPCC said was not supported in the literature and was highly unlikely. I feel sorry for his grandchildren who will one day hang their heads in shame having such an alarmist failure as a father. Same goes for the village idiot Paul Ehrlich.

    “Some thresholds that all would consider dangerous have no support in the literature as having a non-negligible chance of occurring. For instance, a “runaway greenhouse effect” —analogous to Venus–appears to have virtually no chance of being induced by anthropogenic activities…..”
    http://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session31/inf3.pdf

  34. climatebeagle says:

    “Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement on climate change, led by young people. ”

    Would that be the young people who have never known any global warming due to the pause?

  35. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    He hasn’t worked for NASA for years, just cashed their pay checks.

    Now he will do the same, just that it will be pension checks. Still taking it to taxpayers.

  36. sparky says:

    i have just watched a video which the presenter claimed that nasa had just cancelled its outreach program (educational, conferences, preaching etc) until at least september which he blamed it on lack of funds. Coincidence ?

  37. rk says:

    “At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having an arrest record.”

    well, he already has an arrest record. Maybe he wants to spend more time with Darryl Hanna…and other starlets (or ex-starlets). He born in ’41…and been soaking up the adulation for decades. Some people just can’t give it up…like a drug…i am famous and you are not, i am right and you are not.

  38. Athelstan. says:

    Another fool in April.

    Hansen, discards the NASA cloak of legitimacy and overly generous stipend.

    How long do we give it – maybe….a couple of years and after numerous botched cases……he has to file for bankruptcy – because of lack of funds due to extreme and inane ligitious behaviour and wanton financial profligacy…..

    He always was an old ham playing a veteran – but now he has to get serious.

    Bring it on, you’ve chosen your ground poorly Jim – now for the massacre.

  39. Konrad says:

    All it takes for science to advance…

    Perhaps now the “surface” can be treated as desert, vegetated land and liquid water with their very different responses to incident LWIR. Or would that require Trenberth to move on as well?

  40. Athelstan. says:

    Or, did NASA sack him?

    Just asking…………………..

  41. geran says:

    Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.
    >>>>>>>

    Then, I would say… (self-snip)….

  42. Lil Fella from OZ says:

    If a million people believe in a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. Anatole France

  43. Jimbo says:

    Is James Hansen a chameleon? Does he blow hot and cold? You decide.

    Dr. James Hansen
    Soot climate forcing via snow and ice albedos
    Abstract
    Plausible estimates for the effect of soot on snow and ice albedos (1.5% in the Arctic and 3% in Northern Hemisphere land areas) yield a climate forcing of +0.3 W/m2 in the Northern Hemisphere. The “efficacy” of this forcing is ∼2, i.e., for a given forcing it is twice as effective as CO2 in altering global surface air temperature. This indirect soot forcing may have contributed to global warming of the past century, including the trend toward early springs in the Northern Hemisphere, thinning Arctic sea ice, and melting land ice and permafrost. If, as we suggest, melting ice and sea level rise define the level of dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system, then reducing soot emissions, thus restoring snow albedos to pristine high values, would have the double benefit of reducing global warming and raising the global temperature level at which dangerous anthropogenic interference occurs. However, soot contributions to climate change do not alter the conclusion that anthropogenic greenhouse gases have been the main cause of recent global warming and will be the predominant climate forcing in the future.

  44. Joseph Bastardi says:

    Isnt he blaming the burning of coal for the lack of temp change now? Wasnt he screaming about death trains of coal several years ago, and now its keeping us cooler?
    And besides his horrific forecast on temp, how come no one is calling him to task over his agency’s lousy solar cycle forecast, which may be a huge problem as far as cooling over the coming decades. Its wrong wrong wrong, across the board and is ruining the reputation of an agency that deserves accolades for what it has done in the mission it was supposed to to.
    The question is, how did he get away with all this?

  45. Bob says:

    We’ve all known for a long time that Hansen had gone over to the dark side as a political activist. The man has always had his agenda, and has proven himself a master politician within a government bureau. Don’t under estimate what he is capable of doing.

  46. hro001 says:

    He plans to take a more active role in lawsuits challenging the federal and state governments over their failure to limit emissions, for instance, as well as in fighting the development in Canada of the [oil sands]

    Uh, wait a minute Mr. Hansen … haven’t you been arrested a few times? And doesn’t this mean that you have a criminal record? You might be well advised to look before you leap:

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/index.asp

    But apart from that, we already have enough home-grown publicity-hounds and zealots (and a few who’ve been imported/supported on the wings of Tides) thank you, very much. So why don’t you just stick to your own turf, eh?!

    Better yet, maybe it’s time to retire and enjoy the good-life … with your grandchildren.

  47. TomR,Worc,MA says:

    klenche Mychiques says:
    …….

    So was Hitler.

  48. Jimbo says:

    Dr. James Hansen of NASA has been arrested several times over his climate activist activities which broke US laws while working for the government of the United States of America. No wonder criminals love coming to America, land of the brave, home of the criminal???? :-(
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/29/nasas-james-hansen-arrested-yet-again/

  49. nigelf says:

    So is it Gavins job now to diddle with the past and cool it down even more?

  50. MattN says:

    He may stand up for what he believes in, and that’s admiral. But at least he’s delusional and exaggerates everything way out of proportion…

  51. ConfusedPhoton says:

    “……..to be full time activist”???????
    I always thought he was a full time activist!

  52. Gary Pearse says:

    He’s an astronomer that stopped looking through his telescope decades ago. He became a millionaire as an activist
    http://www.atinstitute.org/disclosure-obtained-by-ati-environmental-law-center-shows-the-wealth-keeps-flowing-for-dr-james-hansen/

    in a field he is only starting to get a real education in from Mother Nature herself and there is an adoring but shrinking public out there that may need some assurance these days as they head for rallies in their parkas and winter footwear. Jim will be able to become a billionaire with the restraint of public “service”(?) removed, although his climate theory may be retiring soon, too.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/17/forward-on-climate-rally_n_2702575.html

  53. A.D. Everard says:

    Being a government employee never stopped him before. I think there is more to this than meets the eye. Maybe NASA finally kicked him out but allowed him to be seen to go by choice?

  54. Mac the Knife says:

    ….as well as in fighting the development in Canada of a particularly dirty form of oil extracted from tar sands.

    Great!
    Our resident hacktivist wants to take his hockey schtick to Alberta Canada, to try to stop the clean up of the biggest oil spill in the history of the planet!
    A true Environmental Genius!
    MtK

  55. Rob Ricket says:

    Hansen’s been under the bus since NASA announced increased interest in the role of solar variability in climate change.

  56. A.D. Everard says:

    Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.

    *

    Don’t be fooled. The loudest alarmists get paid plenty. Do you think Gore “believes”? You think Mann “believes”? Neither act the way a believer would. I don’t see Hansen – or any of them – any different.

  57. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Maybe the Goddard Institute could launch a few rockets in celebration, or is rocket science still verboten?

    Ay, wot’s this space thing? I fort all GISS did was on the ground, behind hyper-super-duper computer screens. Well, OK on the 2nd floor over some famous restaurant or soumfink.

    Good to see him go.

  58. DavidG says:

    All I can say is it should have happened 20 years ago and if the door hits him as he walks out, good!

  59. nicholasmjames says:

    Nice article:
    he overstated the risk,” said Daniel P. Schrag
    “He consistently exaggerates all the dangers,” Freeman Dyson

  60. kim says:

    I know where he is going. Where they turn off the air conditioner and open the windows.
    ==============

  61. Robert of Ottawa says:

    A.D. Everard @ April 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I agree with you. He was given the crimatologist’s version of a loaded revolver and left alone in a room. There have been too many NASA notaries and illuminaries come out against AGW, there has to be some cultural memory of real science and accomplishment. There is an institution at NASA that everyone wants to be a part of.

    And Hansen just fowled it up.

  62. MinB says:

    Will be interesting to discover his successor. Anyone know? Someone indoctrinated by Hansen and in his mold or someone with perhaps a more scientifically pure mindset? Let’s hope it’s out with the bad and in with the good.

  63. As a government employee he couldn’t testify against the government.
    —- But he couldn’t be cross-examined under oath either.

  64. ChootemLiz says:

    That is one quick exit.

    Let’s all chip in and buy him an adjustable thermometer.

  65. pkatt says:

    Hip hip.. hooray..!!!!!Hip hip.. hooray..!!!!Hip hip.. hooray..!!!! Maybe NASA can go back to being the cowboys in space instead of the chicken little brigade.

  66. RockyRoad says:

    Does he realize it’s cold outside?

  67. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Live from Canada

  68. Tom J says:

    This is clearly because of George Bush and should be front page news throughout the land.

    Bush isn’t President anymore? Uh, this is clearly because of the sequester. That’s it.

    The sequester was Obama’s idea? Um, shut up and quit correcting me!

  69. jpatrick says:

    I don’t see history comparing Hansen to Deming.

  70. Jimbo says:

    William Astley says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    James Hansen did not say CO2 increases would turn the earth into Venus….

    Mr. Astley YOU ARE A LIAR.

    “If we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the run-away greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus Syndrome is a dead certainty.”
    http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/letters/120387379.html

    Other references:
    http://tinyurl.com/cet32de
    http://tinyurl.com/ceotfoy
    http://www.stormsofmygrandchildren.com/

  71. Eve says:

    If he goes somewhere warm, I cry foul. Let him stay in the northern US or Europe and freeze to death with the rest.

  72. Jimbo says:

    H.R. says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    No more being muzzled. Now he’s finally free to speak his mind and promote his political views. /bitter sarc

    I suspect we will here LESS from him. His big horn was NASA. Even Warmist media know he is an activist so how can they come to him for objective insight. Oh, wait……………..

  73. MikeH says:

    Ok, now what we need to know is WHO is next in line for his position? Will this create a dual front? Hansen on the outside and someone with the same views in Hansen’s old seat? Hansen has credibility among his click. If NASA hands the reigns over to a person with the same philosophy, then the position could lend ‘credibility’ to the next ‘Hansen’..

    Nature abhors a vacuum, I’m concerned that the heir-apparent will be just as bad, if not worse.

  74. Jimbo says:

    I should ease up on the beer.
    “I suspect we will hear LESS from him….”

  75. Stephana says:

    Lady Life Grows says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    What’s to celebrate?

    My tax dollars not paying his salary!

  76. Dennis Gaskill says:

    Yea! Hanson has jumped the Shark!
    He can’t use NASA now to push his Propaganda!
    James and Al make the perfect couple.

  77. Chris B says:

    Hansen to self, “Now, if only the climate would cooperate with my models………Doh!”

  78. heysuess says:

    ‘In the interview and in subsequent e-mails, Dr. Hansen made it clear that his new independence would allow him to take steps he could not have taken as a government employee.’

    ha ha. Ha Ha Ha. HAAA HAAA HAAAAAA. BWAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA. COUGH COUGH gak ugh WHEEZE oh thank you for the best laugh I’ve had in days.

  79. Phil's Dad says:

    “Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement…”
    For his sake, at 72, I hope it doesnt happen while he’s chained to a fence.

  80. Adam says:

    What about China? When is he going to go and campaign for China to reduce its emissions?

  81. David L. Hagen says:

    Three cheers for Hansen – his departure will be a massive boost to restore NASA to credible sound climate science.
    See: Rocket scientists -vs- James Hansen, “in God we trust, all others bring data”

  82. Tom J says:

    ‘Klench Mychiques on April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.’

    Ok, I’ve tried, I’ve tried, and I’ve tried. But I’ve failed. I did not want to comment on the foregoing statement. I really didn’t. I once wrote in a previous comment: ‘I will admit that it took far longer than it should have for me to realize that reasoned discourse with psychopaths was generally impossible.’ Well, dammit, I guess I haven’t learned it after all.

    (Please note that the large number of self-referencing I’s in the foregoing statement does not mean that I’m trying to emulate Obama.)

  83. William McClenney says:

    Hallelujah! I can’t wait for him to make into the witness stand. I can only hope I will be helping the other side when that happens.

  84. Birdieshooter says:

    So now he can be what we already knew he was and he can do what he has always done without the governmental imprimatur.

  85. Jimbo says:

    Gavin Schmidt: Hansen disappoints.

    Hey, where is that letter from some of the delusional NASA moon landers who happen to also ‘deny’ CAGW / AGW?

  86. pinroot says:

    This has to be an April Fool’s joke. If they say so tomorrow, I’ll give it another sniff, but right now, I think I’ll pass…

  87. Mr Lynn says:

    I’m sure the Goracle will be happy to have him move in and assume the mantle of Most High and Celebrated Warm-Monger. Now his Excellency the Goracle will be able to luxuriate in alarmingly warm baths while the MHCWM Hansen flies around the world in his trademark clerical hat, to bear personal witness and bestow the Goracle’s blessing upon the every small gathering of dedicated followers, moonbats, and sycophants. The MHCWM Hansen will freely declaim on the evils of the Demons Coal and Oil, and the sins of the vile heretic Denialists. I expect that his pension from a grateful (if perhaps relieved) NASA will pay his rent and tithes to the Goracle.

    /Mr Lynn

  88. Ian Hoder says:

    It’s an April Fools day joke. It has to be.

  89. Rob Dawg says:

    Certainly he will forgo his retirements benefits I protest of his having been muzzled.

  90. atarsinc says:

    I think Dr. Hansen would be pleased to be called, like Paul Revere, an “alarmist”. JP

  91. Jimbo says:

    Good luck Hansen. (I’m done with this disgraceful nut for today, I’m going to bed and hope tomorrow is a very hot day).

    Dr. Hansen made it clear that his new independence would allow him to take steps he could not have taken as a government employee. He plans to lobby European leaders —

    Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement on climate change, led by young people.

    All this in the face of no global warming in 16 plus years. What a nut. Good riddance.

  92. Mickey Reno says:

    This is good news, and bad news; and awful news and really horrible news.

    First the good news. Hanson will no longer be a part of NASA. Not that NASA isn’t a shrinking, dying agency, given the realities of budget deficits and lack of long-term vision by the American electorate. But at least he’s out.

    The bad news: he’ll be louder and more insufferable than ever.

    The awful news: he’ll cost our government even more money with onerous, burdensome lawsuits by the greenie fascists.

    The really horrible news: we (the long suffering taxpayers of the USA) will have to pay this man a very generous pension for the rest of his life.

  93. Bill H says:

    Now his ethical and professional behavior can be torn apart in court… Mr. Hansen, how many times have you been arrested? I can see that question making his professional background useless…

  94. OssQss says:

    Ha! How many people who work in the government sector, could be such an “out in left field” activist and still keep a job for so long?

    Just goes to show ya, when the data gives up the truth, the actors move on!

    Don’t let the doorknob hit ya in the A$$ on the way out >

  95. OssQss says:

    Apologies, for posting the wrong video. This is the intended one.
    :-)

  96. Bad Andrew says:

    So, Steven Mosher’s hero is clearly more activist than scientist. Who knew?

    Andrew

  97. OssQss says:

    Ok, that didn’t work either. Haunted or what?
    Moderators, please delete the prior correction.

    Hopefully this on works. LOL~ If not, just delete me entirely :)

  98. Rick Bradford says:

    Hansen will quickly discover that the office is bigger than the man.

    James Hansen, head of a NASA institute, is someone who can get powerful audiences to listen.

    Mr Jimmy, a shambling old buffer in a crumpled hat, will find it very hard to get any traction.

  99. If he thinks he will be able to stir people up he will be disappointed. If he is telling the truth that is!

  100. NooooOOOOO! Who’s going to continue wrecking the historical record?

    Jeez, the next thing you know, man made global warming won’t even be made in New York anymore. Well, if Jim has to go, I suppose a guy Pennsylvania would suffice. I hear LLNL has some real good liars. Massachusetts? I suppose there are options there too. Wait, we could outsource to Australia! You’d get some really cool studies without any data at all! Well, that should make it MUCH more difficult to refute. So I guess there is hope.

    Maybe I worry too much.

  101. ExWarmist says:

    At least his true colors are out in the open, and he can no longer wrap himself in the (…waning?…) “prestige” of NASA.

  102. TomRude says:

    In Canada, even the National Post is becoming a shill to the green lobby: check this article from John Ivison
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/04/01/stephen-harper-is-the-last-remaining-barrier-to-legislation-on-carbon-emissions/

    “John Ivison: It’s not necessarily because the Prime Minister is a climate change denier. His foot-dragging is likely motivated by strategic considerations ”

    Denier? John Ivison better watch his mouth and if he wants to be taken seriously ever again, stop using a vocabulary that is both insulting and ignorant of science.

  103. Theo Goodwin says:

    MichaelS says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm
    “Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    “Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.”

    I could list dozens of individuals throughout history who stood up for what they believed, yet destroyed the lives of many in the process.”

    Yes, Hitler comes to mind. No one had more integrity than Hitler. He was always hate and death personified. Never a crack in the armor. Always the same.

    What bothers me about Hansen is his joy in leading the rush of lemmings off the cliff.

  104. Tom J says:

    I hate to take up space with another comment but I’d like to say that I think people should be rather cautious about this. I wish I had the article either directly in front of me or my memory directly in front of me because I have to rely on it. If I recall correctly I read that Obama put through a new executive order (the way he always does it when he can’t get what he wants through the people’s representatives) a couple weeks ago. In the order, I believe signed on a Friday (of course), he called on Federal agencies to consider Climate Change in their approval processes. We all know how green groups have been able to stymie numerous mining, energy, development, etc. projects by invoking the clean air, clean water, wetlands, endangered species and other acts; by tying those projects up with lawsuits in Federal courts. His new executive order now adds Climate Change to that obstacle course. As the article stated, Obama could get off the hook by approving Keystone (which, I believe, is supported by about 70% of the public) and, instead, letting his green allies kill it by tying it up in court due to his new exec. order. It’s not overstating it to say that he’s devious. Despite the hit (about 40%) that middle class net worth has taken since 2007; despite the unemployment rate, which in reality is closer to 10+%; despite the shattered pension funds; lost futures; and inflationary debt loads; Obama’s intention (largely unstated on the campaign trail) was to tackle Climate Change in his second term. Is the timing of this ‘retirement’ by Hansen purely coincidental with the timing of Obama’s new executive order? Is Hansen to lead the charge, as a private sector actor, on these potential upcoming lawsuits? Was that the purpose? I’d say its time to pull out the Saul Alinsky handbook and play the same dirty game on them. It’s time to marginalized Hansen.

    BTW: Klench Mychiques; you can clench and kiss mine first, you clever devil.

  105. Jean Parisot says:

    Solar influence is a BIG NASA mission: astronomers, spacecraft, launches, etc. CO2 feedback modeling had become an institutional embarrassment and more importantly, a deadweight in the tightening fiscal environment.

    Either he saw the writing on wall or a polite conversation was

  106. HankHenry says:

    If Hansen is so willing to stand up for himself let’s see him in a debate. He has called that “jousting with jesters.” I call it being afraid to let the world see the weaknesses of his thesis. Civil disobedience is for schlubs and the immature.

  107. JCrew says:

    I guesstimate it is due to more income/money first and pursueing his beliefs in high public fashion second. Too bad its not about science.

  108. Dave in Canmore, Alberta says:

    I wonder if this can possibly pave the way for an examination of Hansen’s adjustments to the raw temperature data?

    ps. As someone who works in oil and gas exploration I can only say this to Hansen:
    Come on up here to Alberta and declare war on me. In person.

  109. garymount says:

    And note to Hansen on Canadian law :

    Non-interference by Foreigners

    Prohibition – inducements by non-residents

    331. No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is

    (a) a Canadian citizen; or

    (b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    S.C. 2001, c. 27, s. 211.

    http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=loi/fel/cea&document=part16&lang=e

  110. Well at least NASA is out from under him. Maybe now they can get back to the business of moslem outreach.

  111. Willhelm says:

    So the buffoon Hansen is retiring. Good.

    And he is planning to go to the courts to prosecute his opponents? Even better.

    This will be a prime opportunity to put one of the leading global warming fraudsters onto the witness stand and subject him to a thorough cross examination.

    It will be do the world a whole lot of good to see him and his idiocy shredded in a courtroom.

    Bring it on!!!!!!!

  112. Downdraft says:

    At least the taxpayer will no longer be paying him for the advocacy he calls science. I’m all for stopping wasteful spending. Good riddance.

  113. DGH says:

    Lew et al 2013 appears, FOIA reappears, then Lew et al 2012 gets published, Lew et al 2013 disappears, then Marcott FAQ, then Pielke v. Schmidt, then McIntyre v. Tamino and now Hansen?! #sensoroverload

  114. dlbrown says:

    Modern day Don Quixote?

  115. Old Mike says:

    Like all people as a retiree he has three window before his name has no value, except as a target.

  116. Goode 'nuff says:

    Canadian oil is all over a town 100 miles from my home. They’re having a hard time with it. Will he be protesting there? ‘ell, I might join him!

    Clean up begins for Exxon oil spill in Mayflower | todaysthv.com

    http://www.thv11.com/news/article/257413/2/Clean-up-begins-for-Mayflower-Oil-Spill

    Two ducks dead, others covered in oil after Exxon’s oil spill in Mayflower | todaysthv.com

    http://www.thv11.com/news/article/257800/2/Animals-being-treated-after-Exxons-Mayflower-oil-spill

    http://www.reuters.com/search?blob=oil%20spill%20in%20mayflower%20arkansas

    * U.S. environmental agency categorizes pipe rupture as “major spill”

    * Exxon shuts Pegasus pipeline after thousands of barrels spilled

    * Twenty-two homes evacuated

    * Second spill in the United States involving crude from Canada this week

  117. Old Mike says:

    Typo “three year window”

  118. u.k.(us) says:

    Bad Andrew says:
    April 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm
    So, Steven Mosher’s hero is clearly more activist than scientist. Who knew?

    Andrew
    ===========
    Knowing the minds of neither, we expound ?

  119. jc says:

    @ A.D. Everard says: April 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    @ Dennis Gaskill says: April 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Exactly. He has been given the shove.

    If he wanted to launch into full-time “activism” (would this constitute a change?) he would be far more effective being not just at NASA but the official Guardian of The Record of Climate Change.

    If he got publicly sacked for this all the better: The Prophet As Martyr.

    He is going to work out of his barn. Might be open to offers from a Uni. Might set up an Institute. Nothing set up. Future in-determinant.

    It is impossible to gauge the level of delusion he has. But sensing an incipient eruption of Climate Change protest? Amongst the young? Desperate fantasy.

    This grotesque article – “laboring in obscurity for a decade”; “called to the Congress” Jesus? – highlights just what perversions this manipulative hustling maniac and those who have backed this have wrought. Hansen “called it” in 1988 and people took notice. After 10 whole years of it getting warmer which followed 30 odd of cooling. Sickening.

    Does this mean that the basis for his “insights” into how to alter perception of reality will be fully examined and laid bare? Will an acolyte – such as Schmidt as someone mentioned – be given responsibility for the Special Keys to the Secret Code – and end up in the hot seat when the knock on the door finally comes, or will someone who might be trustworthy be appointed?

    He’s been given the boot. It would be nice to think this is because standards are somehow now able to be applied, but just as realistically – more – it is because someone in NASA has realized that their neck is exposed too.

  120. Kajajuk says:

    Over a hundred pipeline leaks a year around the globe. Vast majority are reported by locals and not by the companies…

    Peak oil is done! Lets all get down and dirty…yippee!!!
    Look at the bright side there is plenty of oil to go around…especially on your front lawn!

  121. David Jones says:

    ChootemLiz says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    “That is one quick exit.
    Let’s all chip in and buy him an adjustable thermometer.”

    He has enough of those. Just wave him “bye, bye.”

  122. Squid2112 says:

    I certainly hope he tries his shenanigans in a court of law. He will get his ass torn apart. Discovery will be very interesting.

  123. kirkmyers says:

    I doubt there’ll be much of a change in the volume of Hansen’s day-to-day hysterics. I’ll bet, though, he’ll earn a pile of money as a well-heeled spokesman spreading his end-of-times lunacy on behalf of some major eco-loon organizations.

  124. Garacka says:

    Perhaps NASA’s sequester related actions stated in a 22 March memo to employees was the nudge? (Ref: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/03/26/sequester-hits-nasas-outreach-and-educational-programs/)

    If he can’t “…reach out to external and internal stakeholders and the public concerning NASA, its programs, and activities….” and if he can’t do “…permanent and traveling exhibits, workshops and many speeches and appearances…” through 30 Sep 2013 does that mean he would get stifled and he couldn’t stand 6 months of that?

  125. Streetcred says:

    Klench Mychiques says: April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    —————————
    and Hansen … both “chiques” of the same ‘awhole’ ?

  126. Pamela Gray says:

    If he wants to spend his retirement years polishing a turd missing its heat, I say more power to him. He can even add his sculpture to the museum dedicated to polished turds. Happy retirement Jim.

  127. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    Phil’s Dad 5:08 pm

    God i wish I’d said that

    Eugene WR Gallun

  128. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    Hansen needs to go protest in China, get arrested and do some real jail time.

    Eugene WR Gallun

  129. Darren Potter says:

    Goode ’nuff says: “Canadian oil is all over a town 100 miles from my home. They’re having a hard time with it. Will he be protesting there? ‘ell, I might join him!”

    So you would advocate abolishing all use of oil; over a 10,000 barrel oil leak?
    Even though Exxon has already cleaned up 12,000 barrels, a mix of oil and water two days after the accident. Exxon responded quickly enough to clean up 4,500 barrel mix by Saturday.

  130. Bob says:

    First time I ever heard of him I thought he was the guy that created the Muppets. Then I soon realised he didn’t create the Muppets, he just is one :)

  131. Billy Liar says:

    Who is going to continue the important work of cooling the past and warming the present at GISS?

  132. Darren Potter says:

    “He plans to take a more active role in lawsuits challenging the federal and state governments over their failure to limit emissions, for instance”

    Hope Hansen understands the concept and consequences of perjury?

  133. Old Mike says:

    Dave in Canmore,
    I met Hanson in person in New York in the mid 2000’s at a University of Columbia related Earth Institute Conference, it’s a long story, please don’t ask, but after that encounter I know he will not accept your invitation.

    Like so many of his “ilk” my sense was that he only reveals his beliefs when in assured company that will not challenge his “intellect”. He appeared to me to be a moral coward.

    If he did accept your invitation he would have to get past me first to get to Canmore to see you, not sure he would be in a good mental state to “converse” with you after the diversion.

  134. TallDave says:

    His hat always makes me laugh.

  135. Mike McMillan says:

    Hi all, sorry I’m late to the party. You’ll love this.

    Click on the image and look at the name tag of the officer arresting Dr Hansen.

  136. Catcracking says:

    Hopefully his departure will signal a new NASA that will not be dependent on Putin to transport our Astronauts to the Space station, since we no longer have that ability. NASA has been totally destroyed by this administration, we have lost a great Agency thanks in part to zealots whose agenda will lower the standard of living of all the world.

  137. Michael Cohen says:

    Who is going to take over responsibility for cooling the GISTEMP past?

  138. NikFromNYC says:

    James “1881” Hansen, out you go, notorious neighbor whose data archive deletes all temperature station data prior to 1881, so to ignore two additional centuries of direct, non-proxy evidence of a natural trend line that matches today’s mild warming perfectly.

  139. Skiphil says:

    Cough, cough…. I can’t comment on this yet because I’m choking here…..

    bill mckibben middlebury, vt

    A great man.It’s been a pleasure, over a quarter-century, to watch him rise to what his conscience demanded. History will treat him as a giant

    April 1, 2013 at 10:06 p.m

    McKibben on Hansen, “A great man…. History will treat him as a giant”

  140. John Wright says:

    “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,” he said in an interview.

    Has he only just realised that?

  141. Chad Wozniak says:

    Hansen wants a mass movement? How about we skeptics give him one.

  142. tobias says:

    @Kajajuk,
    I agree that is a bad accident, I really like your report from your bike as you were writing it down with a quill (you dastertly bird chasing person) and sending it to us by (hopefully not stressing out) the Pony Express. But are you going to kill a cow when someone spills a gallon of milk?

  143. Harry Doyle says:

    Rat……on sinking ship………..JUMPS……for as much as he can make on the speaking circuit. There is a very warm place waiting for those that decieve.

  144. kim says:

    Maybe he reads ‘The Economist’.
    ======================

  145. kim says:

    Sideshow Jim.

    Gillis’s reporting hints strongly he was eased out. I’m much heartened by the fact that the iconic photo of him is when he was testifying in 1988, surrounded by the hot corruption that was already eating him up.
    ==================

  146. kim says:

    Time for some pity. He’s in a real pickle. Look what he’s done to himself. He’s a hero to everyone’s grandchildren if it gets hot. If not, not.
    =================

  147. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    i take full credit for Hansen’s firing — which is what it was. My poem did it! The eye of the poet had fallen upon Hansen and the powerful men who had been protecting him knew the gig was up. Such is the might of the weapon we poets wield! Poetry brought him down! His empire trampled! (see Arthur Edgar O’Shaughnessy.)

    Old “Death Train” Hansen
    Always Good For A Laugh

    More holy-than-thou
    He warns us of Venus
    The only thing now
    That hardens his penis

    He rants at the crowds
    A coot with the hypers
    His mind in the clouds
    A load in his diapers

    He quotes from the Greens
    — We work for the many! —
    (Diversity means
    The colors of money)

    He quotes from the Reds
    — Consensus is dictum! —
    Good socialist heads
    Are all up one rectum)

    A fascist he cries —
    This Goebbels of weather —
    The truth is in lies
    The bigger the better

    So just like a skunk
    His sight is alarming
    His science is junk
    There’s no global warming

    Eugene WR Gallun

  148. kim says:

    What would you tell the President, Elevator Litella? Never mind.

    Everybody on the train in to work had their heads buried in ‘The Economist’. Oh, wait, Hansen commutes more than halfway across a New Yorker’s vision of the U.S., by car.
    ========================

  149. RockyRoad says:

    atarsinc says:
    April 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I think Dr. Hansen would be pleased to be called, like Paul Revere, an “alarmist”. JP

    Maybe he’ll show Trenberth which way his missing heat went–you know, one if by land, two if by sea.

    At least the occupation of NASA by a false alarmist is over.

  150. Richard deSousa says:

    He doesn’t have a scientific leg to stand on! All his climate models have been completely wrong and useless to predict the future climate!

  151. William Astley says:

    In reply to
    Jimbo says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    William Astley says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    James Hansen did not say CO2 increases would turn the earth into Venus….

    Mr. Astley YOU ARE A LIAR.

    James Hansen alleged said the following:

    “If we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the run-away greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus Syndrome is a dead certainty.”
    http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/letters/120387379.html

    The top-rated climate scientist in the world, James Hansen from NASA stated, “If we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the run-away greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus Syndrome is a dead certainty.”

    Venus has a temperature of 450°C (842°F), hot enough to melt lead. It once held water but the runaway greenhouse effect heated the planet so much that the water molecules were destroyed.

    The sun’s energy hitting Earth is slightly more than half that of Venus. Burning the tar sands and tar shale could, over time, put Earth’s temperature to around 225°C (437°F).

    William:

    Jimbo,
    Hansen could not possibly have stated that if we burn all the fossil fuel on this planet, which will take roughly 150 to 200 years, the earth will become like Venus.

    Venus has an atmospheric pressure that is 90 times the earth’s. The Venusian atmosphere is around 97% CO2. Under very high pressure a gas becomes like a liquid. The quantum states broaden which explains why Venus is so hot.

    Currently atmospheric CO2 is around 394 ppm or 0.0394 % on our planet. If we burned all the fossil fuel on the planet atmospheric CO2 will reach around 1000 ppm or 0.1% with no change in atmospheric CO2. Currently the greenhouse CO2 greenhouse effect is saturated in the lower atmosphere. The IPCC predicted that there would be warming due to the additional CO2 in higher in the atmosphere at roughly 10 km. That has not happened when the planet started to warm there were increased clouds in the tropics which reflects more sunlight off into space. (i.e. The clouds in the tropics regulate the planet’s temperature.)

    As plants eat CO2 increased atmospheric CO2 is very beneficial for plants and indirectly for animals.

    The optimum level of CO2 for C3 plants (trees, scrubs, cereals, almost all plants except for grasses which have evolved to survive in very, very, low CO2 is 1000 ppm to 1200 ppm. Greenhouse inject CO2 to reduce growing times and increase yield. The increased cereal crop yield for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm to 560 ppm is around 40%. Highly levels of CO2 will cause the biosphere to expand. Plants eat CO2.

    For almost the entire history of this planet atmospheric CO2 has been at or above 1000 ppm. Atmospheric CO2 has been as high as 5000 ppm. (0.5%) The earth did not turn in Venus.

    The following graph shows how planetary has changed and atmospheric CO2 has changed with time for the period in which higher forms of life have been on this planet. As you can see temperature and atmospheric CO2 do not correlate.

    http://www.clearlight.com/~mhieb/WVFossils/PageMill_Images/image277.gif

    The greenhouse warming effect on the earth saturates. Additional atmospheric CO2 will not significantly warm the planet. The estimate warming for a doubling of atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm (0.028%) to 560 ppm (0.056%) which will occur by the end of this century under the so called business as usual is less than 1C with most of the warming occurring at higher latitudes which will cause the biosphere to expand.

    This graph is an analysis of sediment from ocean floors that shows how the planet’s climate has changed in the last 5 million years.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/Five_Myr_Climate_Change.svg

    This graph is an analysis of the an ice core from Antarctic that shows how the planet’s climate has changed in the last 450 thousand years. We are at the end of the current interglacial period. During the glacial period Canada, the Northern US states, and Northern Europe are covered with a thick ice sheet (average depth over Canada 2 km) for 90 thousand years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ice_Age_Temperature.png

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ice_Age_Temperature.png

    P.S. Could someone in the forum please confirm the above statements!!!!
    Hansen could not possibly have stated that burning fossil fuels on the earth will turn the earth into Venus!!!

    If Hansen did make the above statement, Hansen is either a liar or Hansen has the onset of dementia. Stating that burning fossil fuel on the earth will turn the earth into Venus is not an exaggeration that is a statement that an ignorant elementary student might make.

  152. Goode 'nuff says:

    Darren Potter, point taken, so sometimes I feel like the April fool. My parents met the Clintons. I had my shot at being taken under the wing of the Walton clan, of EPA & EDF fame. Nevertheless… oh, I don’t know what to say. What was I thinking? They wanted to tie me to a tree.

    Congratulations on the new awards, Anthony, you’re a good man and we are proud. You are living proof… don’t knock the weather… do you realize how many people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while?

  153. philincalifornia says:

    Posters here often use the quote “Science advances one funeral at a time” but, in the private sector, it can advance upon firings, sometimes wholesale, and “retirements” such as this. Perhaps real NASA scientists have noticed this, and are getting more hard-nosed about it, as maybe it’s the loudest liars within their organization getting the funding recently.

    ….. and Jim, before you go, can we have our climate record back please ?

  154. Justthinkin says:

    TomRude says:

    April 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    In Canada, even the National Post is becoming a shill to the green lobby:

    Becoming?? What fantasy land do you live in? The NP has been shill for socialism and the eco-cultists for at least 7 years! The only thing “national” about them is their masthead.

  155. Doug S says:


    Lady Life Grows says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    So well said lady. This is a religious war the Hansen fanatics are fighting and why should we be surprised? The crusades killed thousands upon thousands of people. Why should Hansen and his army be denied their lust for human suffering.

  156. Skiphil says:

    According to the fawning NY Times article, he said it. Doesn’t give an exact quote or source, I’ll search for that.

    Hansen on greenhouse effect

    He has repeatedly called for trying the most vociferous climate-change deniers for “crimes against humanity.” And in recent years, he stated that excessive carbon dioxide emissions might eventually lead to a runaway greenhouse effect that would boil the oceans and render earth uninhabitable, much like Venus.

    His colleagues pointed out that this had not happened even during exceedingly warm episodes in the earth’s ancient past. “I have huge respect for Jim, but in this particular case, he overstated the risk,” said Daniel P. Schrag, a geochemist and the head of Harvard’s Center for the Environment, who is nonetheless deeply worried about climate change.

    Climate skeptics have routinely accused Dr. Hansen of alarmism. “He consistently exaggerates all the dangers,” Freeman Dyson, the famed physicist and climate contrarian, told The New York Times Magazine in 2009.

  157. “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,”

    Well, I suppose there is solace in knowing your work contributed to the undermining of NASA’s reputation.

  158. KTWO says:

    Like Dave @6:37, my main interest in Hansen was his access to the raw data. If that has been properly kept then everything Hansen said or wrote can gradually be confirmed or debunked. It might take a long time.

    We should watch to see if Hansen now becomes a consultant to NASA and, in effect, still maintains his influence there.

  159. jc says:

    @ William Astley says: April 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Why are you quoting science? Whats that got to with this?

    Hansen is a liar. Hansen is a manipulator. Hansen will do or say whatever he calculates is of advantage to his cause. Which, whatever clothing it wears, is him.

  160. This is going to be be real funny, he is now free to make an even bigger fool of himself. The scaremongering will now be at full tilt.

  161. Michael in Sydney says:

    One small sidestep for a man, One giant leap for NASA’s credibility

  162. Skiphil says:

    Yes, evidently Hansen speaks of the “Venus Syndrome” (boil the oceans etc.) as a “dead certainty” if humans burn all the fossil fuels. It’s both the topic of a Dec. 2008 AGU presentation and for Chapter 10 of his book, “Storms of My Grandchildren”

  163. [snip - off topic, and this is "slayers" junk, you've been duped. - Anthony]

  164. Steve (Paris) says:

    [snip -off color - mod]

  165. jc says:

    Whether Hansen was pushed, encouraged, or chose to go, this rings the bell on AGW. It is the beginning of the end.

    This has the same character as Greenspan leaving the Federal Reserve at the beginning of 2006. There had been plenty of warnings from outside the mainstream in the years prior, which were ignored by those filling their pockets.

    Greenspan functioned as Daddy for the whole ensemble of opportunists and spivs from 1987.
    Just as Hansen has been for Global Warming/Environmentalism since 1988.

    Like the paper-shufflers of the financial world, the operators in the structures of Climate Change, and the investors/activists hanging off this, continue to ramp up their working of the system in the belief that they are riding a sure thing.

    When Daddy left the Fed. Reserve they continued to push it along in the face of increasingly obvious realities that showed it was bogus until November 2007. Then reality started to bite in the mainstream and it all unraveled over the following 12 months.

    That’s what is going to happen here. A Prediction no less. By the end of next year, it will be obvious to all that things are seriously amiss. And then it will all collapse in a screaming heap by the end of 2015.

    Another Two Predictions:

    If Hansen does turn up as part of any court cases, he will appear surprisingly – and disappointingly for the faithful – reasonable.

    When the media starts looking for those responsible, Hansen will be tucked away on his “farm” playing with his bulbs and talking about butterflies with his grandchildren. Any comment anyone will be able to extract from him will be along the lines of vague but solemn recitation of “the mysteries of nature”. The media will then set off to hunt down the second-tier operators still in the firing line like Schmidt.

    You can bet your life on this last.

  166. ferd berple says:

    ….as well as in fighting the development in Canada of a particularly dirty form of oil extracted from tar sands…At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having an arrest record.
    ———————–
    For the better part of a century the US was the biggest polluter on the planet; and now is second only to China which is hardly any sort of recommendation. And now Hansen wants to tell Canada how to clean up its act? Canada, one of the greenest places in the world, being lectured by a activist from one of the biggest polluters? How about cleaning up you own backyard first?

    News Flash: except that you are an American, the good old USA would not even let you in the door with a record. Why should Canada? Well, we do because we are green. We let in folks that didn’t think the Vietnam war was all that good an idea. Folks the US would have gladly put in jail – no surprise in a country with the highest rate of incarceration in the word. So we are likely going to let you in, even though your own country would kick you out if the tables were turned. Hell, we even took in US slaves when the US thought it was a good idea to keep them locked up as well.

    Now we in Canada are cleaning up the biggest oil spill nature left on the surface of the planet. You bet its dirty work, but dirty work doesn’t bother Canucks. Well, not those of us outside of Toronto. Now you say the oil is dirty, even after we cleaned it up. Well, as dirty as it might be, our oil probably has a whole lot less blood mixed in with it than for instance the oil you bring in from your good buddies to the east who would just as rather see you dead and buried.

    But hell, if you don’t want our oil, let us know and we aren’t going to trouble you any. There are a billion of so reasons to the west that would be more than happy to get our oil and right about now they have more US $$$ than the Uncle Sam. Long as all of us remember the reason that Japan was so out of sorts with the US ahead of Pearl was the US efforts to blockade oil to Japan. A lesson that is probably not lost on China.

  167. Andor says:

    Get the government to limit emissions? common that’s playing in their hands….
    Rather tell them to stop Nuclear power plants then…and what are they doing with the nuclear waste??

  168. jc says:

    @ Eugene WR Gallun says: April 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations on your literary skill and insight. Tasteful too.

    Do you know any bands? Preferably of a punk variety?
    Set to music it would pack them in.

  169. MangoChutney says:

    perhaps Hansen will use all the cash he has “won” from Heinz etc to fund his activities? I doubt it, I’m sure there will be plenty of funding from green groups

  170. Louis says:

    So Hansen has decided to file a few messy lawsuits against dirty oil to make a little filthy lucre.

  171. Latimer Alder says:

    I wonder if Hansen’s successor will take as lenient a line about the activities of Gavin Schmidt at ‘Real Climate’?

    It is probably not a good idea to be seen to spend quite so much time on an external activity that in no way supports your salaried job.

  172. knr says:

    In reality will this make much difference to Hansen’s behaviour , well it may make it a bit madder which is in itself no easy task. But his more activist than scientists for years now.
    Will it make a difference to NASA, that depends on ‘what’ he laves behind , if he any say in it its highly likely that the next person will carry on ‘the good work’ his been doing , when it actual been doing any work . For his more than enough of a fanatic to pick one to replace him who promotes fear over fact .

    And its on that point that I hope NASA give him a dam good shake down before he goes , make very sure his access to all systems are cut off included any he may have set up under other names , and make very sure indeed that all information and especial raw data is where they think it is and not on ‘his ‘ laptop or USB drive . Frankly I think audit on his area would be more than called for given that Hansen is more than able to leave a ‘stain’ behind him that will take some cleaning up.

  173. Mike (One of the Many) says:

    Just doing my little happy dance!!!!!!

    Perhaps, we can expect the return of some sanity to NASA GISS, I won’t be holding my breath, but I will temporarily engage “healthy optimism mode”…………….

  174. beesaman says:

    So Hansen is going to put his mouth where the money is! (Yes, I did get that the right way around)

  175. james griffin says:

    The good ship Global Warming has lost Beddington and Hansen overboard in the last week……and Gore is in a very expensive lifeboat paid for by the oil rich Arab’s.
    Looks as if reality has dawned.
    Should Roy Spencer’s monthly global temp anomally fall out of even the lowest IPCC predictions it is somewhat understandable that it was time to abandon ship.

  176. cd says:

    He’ll probably make more money.

  177. Alex says:

    He was always a full time activist.

  178. johnmarshall says:

    Made my day!!!
    Glad he has the balls to leave the backing of the NASA name. Now who will listen to his rants? Also no one to get him out of jail free.

  179. Leaving to be a full time activist?

    Not much change there then!

  180. ConTrari says:

    Let’s hope more information will come forth about the process of his departure from NASA. Such a public figure, and such a low-key exit, that seems strange, and not at all like the normal process when a very famous person takes his leave from an institution like NASA.

    When was he due to retire anyway? Could he have continued getting paychecks from NASA for the rest of his life, or is there an age limit? 72 is a pretty late retirement age already.

  181. Bill Marsh says:

    Thank God. Now I won’t have the money we (the USA) are borrowing from China to fund our excessive spending going to pay his salary (probably it will be going to pay his retirement tho, so it isn’t a total win). ;)

  182. evanmjones says:

    Always loved that hat he stole from Freddie.

    Catastrophic global warming in your dreams?

  183. Eliza says:

    He is leaving because he knows the show is over. I think very soon indeed you will find that most of the team will simply disappear. If anything withdrawal of the Marcott paper will completely destroy the core of AGW movement. Fringistas will hang around but will slowly give up. BTw I dont think Marcott will now be retracted it will be withdrawn totally (is that possible?)

  184. Stacey says:

    “At my age I’m not worried about getting an arrest record”. Presumably he’s happy for younger gullible fools to get arrested and possibly damage his career?
    Also whilst he his happy to challenge the government I’m sure he’s even happier to keep his pension.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  185. Steve Keohane says:

    The mass movement he senses is a lower GI tract contracting to excrete him. Another loaf of Brown-25 ®, from The Uranus Corp. Good things come from Uranus.
    With apologies to “The Groove Tube”.

  186. ZootCadillac says:

    @William Astley

    I’m having a hard time understanding exactly what your issue with comprehension is on the comments attributable to Hansen.

    Just because you copy and paste some work that claims the Venus-earth theory is not possible it does nothing to alter the facts that Hansen made the comments.

    He said it both in a letter and in his book. The quoted words have even been reported on the alarmist biased BBC Just yesterday:

    Dr Hansen’s pronouncements were sometimes seen as extreme. In his 2009 book, Storms of my Grandchildren, he argues that the Earth could one day become like the planet Venus, where temperatures are warm enough to melt lead.

    “I’ve come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty,” he wrote.

    Dr Hansen has also argued that the executives of oil companies should be tried for crimes against humanity. Critics suggested that these type of remarks did little to convince sceptics. Even environmentalists sometimes objected to the nature and detail of his comments.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22000810

    It’s the very fact that he did say it and that it’s not a possibility that makes the man a charlatan as well as an activist whilst a government employee.

    you seem to think that because it’s not a possibility that Hansen therefore could not possibly have said it. That is a logical failure of momentous proportions.

  187. Chuck Nolan says:

    Louis says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    So Hansen has decided to file a few messy lawsuits against dirty oil to make a little filthy lucre.
    ——————————–
    Hansen will no longer be an embarrassment being paid from NASA’s budget but instead his income will come from the government employee retirement system.
    He could always sue almost anybody including big oil or big coal just not the federal government and the taxpayers.
    He’s after the EPA and any other government departments with loads of taxpayer cash they are willing to give away to NGOs without actually going to court.
    The EPA will settle out of court with him and whatever new not-for-organization he starts. It’s a great gig because the EPA won’t appeal but just give him however much money he says needs to continue suing them. That’s how the other groups offering to save humanity get the big bucks. Sue the government to make them stop an activity and pay all your attorney fees and other costs.

    cn

  188. DirkH says:

    Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm
    “Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.”

    It is a well known tactic of the EPA to fund “NGO’s” who then sue the EPA to enforce the goals that EPA wanted to achieve anyway.
    A very similar tactic is used here in the EU, where NGO’s get 70% of their money from the EU Commission and then send their shocktroops e.g. to COP15 to demand that the EU “do something”.

    The normal revolving door of the international apparatchik.

  189. Admad says:

    Classic case of jump before you’re pushed. There’s only so much embarrassment even an organisation like NASA can take.

  190. DirkH says:

    William Astley says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    “James Hansen did not say CO2 increases would turn the earth into Venus. ”

    Been sleeping under a rock the last decades?
    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/hansen-venus-syndrome-is-a-dead-certainty/

  191. DDP says:

    “At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having an arrest record.”

    No but you should be worried about no longer having your government protection from prosecution.

    “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,”

    No when you testify you give evidence, and tell the truth. There is no government, it is the government that answers to itself so it can fix problems that exist. Or you should tell the truth, not that Hansen ever did. It was never about protecting the government, it was about furthering ‘the cause’. As a government employee in the position you held you weren’t also legally unable to protest said government. Why wasn’t that an issue? I guess private activism pays better.

    “…He plans to lobby European leaders — who are among the most concerned about climate change”

    More like more gullible. But maybe not gullible enough to fawn over a wildcard ex-NASA employee with a screw loose and was forced out because he was an embarrassment to government and to science. Probably. The embarrassment to government bit anyway.

  192. arthur4563 says:

    I thought Hansen already was a full-time activist. Perhaps someone told Hansen
    how much money Gore has raked in.

  193. Bill Illis says:

    Hansen is not really retiring.

    He is just going to do full-time what he was always doing full-time before. Being a believer in the theory he helped formulate/quantify.

    There is a story to be told yet on how his theory of climate science won out over Manabe and others in the early 1980s who were predicting a lower increase in temperatures based on the same physics. This backroom fight likely set the stage for how the climate science mafia worked afterward.

  194. Sam the First says:

    Wasn’t he always a full time activist – like Gavin?
    Will he get the boot too, now?

    And then no doubt they will be cycling to all their demos and rallies –
    no I thought not. Stonking hypocrites!
    I bet they keep warm in winter, and air-conditioned in summer

    I don’t any more – thanks to carbon taxes, I have to shiver, on my pension

  195. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    ROCKY ROAD 9:23 pm

    HAHA — Good one!!1

    Eugene WR Gallun

  196. Chuck Nolan says:

    I wonder how many bogus names and email accounts Hansen has?
    Is he maybe “richardwinsor2″.
    He could have 5 or so extra “names” he uses to do business with NGOs.
    He could have been given free email accounts from several different NGOs like WWF or GP.
    FOIA? Or do we already know?
    cn

  197. RockyRoad says:

    If increased CO2 would cause the earth to experience Venus-like conditions, it would have done so already, since pre-historic CO2 has been much, much higher than it is now, and much higher than if all fossil fuels were burned. (~600 ppmv is the figure I’ve seen discussed, which is an order of magnitude lower than pre-historic concentrations.)

    So Hansen isn’t an honest scientist–he makes stuff up to support his ideology. Let him continue to make a fool of himself.

  198. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    JC 11:40 pm April 1

    Congratulations on your literary skill and insight. Tasteful too.
    Do you know any bands? Preferably of a punk variety? Set to music it [my poem] would pack them in.

    Sigh! Like i was hoping more for deathless poetic fame rather than punk stardom.

    JC, I do not believe you are a naive reader. Poets are like attention starved children — even a smack across the mouth is valued. So i thank you for your comment.

    Eugene WR Gallun

  199. Mumbles McGuirk says:

    Let us not delude ourselves. In all future news articles he will be referred to as “former NASA scientist,” which is just about the same as “NASA scientist” as far a the general public is concerned. There will be no gleam off his halo because of this resignation. And the choice of his successor at GISS will be made by Obama Administration officials, not NASA career people. So they will select a trusted Hansen acolyte and the “same old, same old” will continue. His pension will be substantial, but he will also garner the largess of the green lobby who will pay for private jets to take him around the globe to bloviate. I’m afraid we are not done with ‘Indiana’ Hansen just yet. Our only hope lies with a mass movement of young people who object to being ‘carbon taxed’ for the global warming that is NOT occurring. They may view Hansen as a dinosaur best made into petroleum.

  200. Bruce Cobb says:

    Apparently McKibben didn’t finish his description of how history will view Jim coal-trains-of-death Hansen. To wit “History will treat him as a giant”
    The question is, a giant what? Several nouns spring to mind for someone willing to cause great harm and human suffering, even death, in service of ideology, and personal gain. The least objectionable would probably be a feminine hygiene product.

  201. Jimbo says:

    Dr. James Hansen in quotes

    “What will happen is that the oceans will become so hot that the oceans will begin to boil and the oceans will end up in the atmosphere. And that’s what happened to Venus”

    “I’ve come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty,”

    “We conclude that background global warming is continuing,”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22000810

    “And climate is nearing dangerous tipping points. Elements of a “perfect storm,” a global cataclysm, are assembled.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-hansen/twenty-years-later-tippin_b_108766.html

    “The evidence indicates we’ve aimed too high — that the safe upper limit for atmospheric CO2is no more than 350 ppm,”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/27/AR2007122701942.html

    “Paleoclimate evidence and ongoing global changes imply that today’s CO2, about 385 ppm, is already too high to maintain the climate to which humanity, wildlife, and the rest of the biosphere are adapted.”
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/19/back-to-1988-on-co2-says-nasas-hansen/

    “We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world.” [Jan 2009]
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/18/jim-hansen-obama

    So basically it’s too late to do anything (just look at co2 rise graph, going up and up) yet 16+ years global temperature standstill, a booming biosphere, no accelerations in rate of sea level rise, Greenland persists, Antarctica denies and the IPCC throws Hansen under the bus.

    “Some thresholds that all would consider dangerous have no support in the literature as having a non-negligible chance of occurring. For instance, a “runaway greenhouse effect” —analogous to Venus–appears to have virtually no chance of being induced by anthropogenic activities…..”
    http://www.ipcc.ch/meetings/session31/inf3.pdf

    Dr. James Hansen has Venus on the brain.

  202. Mardler says:

    “Climate Alarmist Jim Hansen leaving NASA on Wed. to devote himself to legal and political activism:”

    So, no change – move along, nothing new here.

  203. G. Karst says:

    This should have happened several years ago. I would be happy with this departure but does anyone not believe he will be replaced by another “Hansen” type. Until his replacement is named… how can anyone celebrate the departure of the devil we know. Hansen had one quality that skeptics could depend on. He was VERY predictable unlike the climate models he is so invested in. GK

  204. Pointman says:

    If there’s one thing the alarmists like, is authoratative titles, such as he had at NASA. They’d never voluntarily relinquish any. Unless I miss my guess, he got dragged out of NASA kicking and screaming. All the so called reasons for leaving are just putting some topspin on getting the old heave ho.

    Pointman

  205. beng says:

    Mr Hansen sez — “At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having an arrest record.”

    Here, I’ll fix it fer ya — “At my age,” he said, “I am not worried about having a brain.”

  206. Myron Mesecke says:

    I wonder if anyone will go back on un-manipulate the temperature readings that Hansen has twisted and shaped over the years?

  207. Bob Mount says:

    Hanson has always been a “full time activist”; ever since he failed as a NASA astronomer.

  208. Chris R. says:

    To William Astley:

    Okay, so look at this video, where he repeats what was said in his book,
    Storms of My Grandchildren:

    http://www.ecoversity.org/tv/tv-James_Hansen.html

    NOW, you have been given multiple sources for the quote.

  209. polistra says:

    One thing worth bearing in mind: Serious enviros are hugely unhappy with Obama. He said all the right words, but then permitted MORE oil drilling than Bush did. Some are calling Obama a ‘climate criminal’…..

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/03/barack-obamas-economic-legacy-the-billionaire-boosting-big-four-on-his-wish-list.html

    I don’t know what’s going through Hansen’s “mind”, but this could be part of it.

  210. mogamboguru says:

    To quote the article:

    “He plans to lobby European leaders — who are among the most concerned about climate change — to impose a tax on oil derived from tar sands. Its extraction results in greater greenhouse emissions than conventional oil.

    Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement on climate change, led by young people. Once he finishes his final papers as a NASA employee, he intends to give it his full support.”

    Dear Mr. Hansen,

    I am German. and I can assure you, that THE LEAST point on Europe’s current political agenda is putting a carbon tax on ANYTHING – even more so, as we are whitnessing the harshest, longest winter for DECADES in central Europe, actually. “Mass movement on climate change, led by young people” – my cold, freezing b*tt, Mr. Hansen.

    By the way: Dou you realize that you are using a citation from Quotations from Chairman Mao – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotations_from_Chairman_Mao – , when you describe a mass movement, led by young people? In China this was called Cultural revolution – http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cultural_Revolution&oldid=542326369 – an was a DISASTER for the chinese people!

    But I think that you quoted this line not by mistake, but deliberately. I think that your true colours are beginning to shine through, Mr. Hansen.

    Anyway: In short time you will realize, that neither European leaders – By the way: Please, specify what you mean by “European leader”. “Leader” translates into “Führer” in German. And we sure have had enough of undemocratic Führers in Germany, Italy and Spain, I can assure you – neither will we accept a second coming of Chairman Mao to rule over Europe! – nor “the young” will in any way be inclined to follow your “leadership” in eco-activism, because it will only lead them into sorrow, grief and, finally, oblivion, like the Cultural Revolution did to the young masses in China, Mr. Chairman Hansen.

    But please do, as you wish. Don’t let me stop you – because: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake!” – Napoleon Bonaparte

  211. Jacob says:

    Dr James Hansen deserves credit for at least one correct statement:
    He said that beleiving in solar panels and windmills are like beleiving in fairy tales and easter bunnies.
    Which shows he is more level-headed than 97.5% of green activists and the government officials who implement “green” nonsense policies.

  212. Luther Wu says:

    There is the devil we know and then, his replacement…

  213. lurker passing through, laughing says:

    He is leaving because the climate is refusing to cooperate with his prophetic work. He knows this at least at the subconscious level and is getting out while the getting is good.

  214. bom says:

    He has targeted the European Union! Wise guy! You can not find worse idiots anywhere on this globe (maybe UN and its Koreans if they try their hardest). Herman van Rumpyu (google “Herman is de beste van…” where one Belgian vaudevilleartist De Clerc or something is totally disgracing the fool van R). Listen to UKIP`s Nigel Faraugue piss on van Rumpuy for 5 full minutes in the EU-parliament. “Who do you think you are? You have the charisma of a third rate lowly bank-clark and nobody has ever voted for you” …… all in a most wonderful top Cambridge Kings English. Farague is raging about the insertion of Mario Monti as the new viceroy of Italy a completly illegal act of real fascism by van R and the pride of Portugal Mr Barosso!

  215. John Tillman says:

    Hansen’s book is available on Google:

    http://books.google.cl/books?id=mwva_7dPyAcC&pg=PR9&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Search for “Venus” to see the many references to the Venus Express & Venus Syndrome.

    I know it’s hard to believe that any sane person, let alone a NASA scientist, could possibly really think what Hansen apparently does, yet it’s true. He’s either dumber than mud or a shameless liar.

    But the mendacious coward has managed to get rich & famous spewing such blatant garbage.

  216. To late James Hansen
    To late the demon of History
    Knows thy name
    To late James Hansen
    To long for you will you be known

    To late James Hansen
    To late at night the truth
    Will come to you,
    Hissing your name
    To late James Hansen

    You know your crimes,
    You will never forget
    The Demon of History
    Red Eyes Glowing

    Anger to you forever
    You can not escape now

    To Late James Hansen

  217. knr says:

    Question now Hansen is leaving to be a official full time activist, how will people be able to tell the difference given that his been doing that on the taxpayers dime for years ?
    Question two , can he actual get any madder has a official activist then he was an a unofficial activist.

  218. John Whitman says:

    From the NYT article on Hansen leaving NASA’s GISS by By JUSTIN GILLIS
    Published: April 1, 2013,

    [ . . . ]

    But those activities, going well beyond the usual role of government scientists, had raised eyebrows at NASA headquarters in Washington. “It was becoming clear that there were people in NASA who would be much happier if the ‘sideshow’ would exit,” Dr. Hansen said in an e-mail.

    [ . . . ]

    Dr. Hansen’s activism of recent years dismayed some of his scientific colleagues, who felt that it backfired by allowing climate skeptics to question his objectivity. But others expressed admiration for his willingness to risk his career for his convictions.

    [ . . . ]

    Dr. Hansen’s record has by no means been spotless. Even some of his allies consider him prone to rhetorical excess and to occasional scientific error.

    [ . . . ]

    His colleagues pointed out that this [ the "excessive carbon dioxide emissions might eventually lead to a runaway greenhouse effect that would boil the oceans and render earth uninhabitable, much like Venus"] had not happened even during exceedingly warm episodes in the earth’s ancient past. “I have huge respect for Jim, but in this particular case, he overstated the risk,” said Daniel P. Schrag, a geochemist and the head of Harvard’s Center for the Environment, who is nonetheless deeply worried about climate change.

    [ . . . ]

    – – – – – – –

    The NYT article had some balance, in a minor way. Much more than we have seen over the years at Revkin’s NYT blog where the default setting is some kind of residual affection for those who failed to enforce a scientific consensus on the now unseated ‘settled climate science’. Is Revkin due for a change of venue independent of the gray lady?

    QUESTION: I did not see a mention of who his replacement is. Did anyone else notice a mention of who his replacement will be?

    John

  219. Kajajuk says:

    tobias says:
    April 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    So many accidents…hope it isn’t incompetence on the corporate order…at least the corporate is a persona that needs not a passport to swim in their riches in the Caiman Islands.

    I would pour a litre of milk over your head and then a litre of crude crude and let you decide the fate of the cows.

    I expect Hansen, his mark made, will enjoy a retirement full of the attention of select young activists ;)

  220. Kajajuk says:

    Jimbo says:
    April 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for the quotes, most interesting to see the hyperbole up close.

  221. jc says:

    @ Eugene WR Gallun says: April 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I thought I wasn’t a naive reader. Perhaps an inadequate writer in this case. Or a miss-interpreter of the causal basis underlying the data.

    Actually, rather than delivering a smack across your mouth, I was trying to demonstrate a grin on mine.

    The sensitivity of poets!

  222. Phillip Bratby says:

    He should be in jail for all the extra deaths due to fuel poverty he’s caused in the UK. He’ll be causing misery and early deaths for the children and the grand-children in the UK.

  223. TrevorH says:

    Someone asks ‘I wonder from where Hansen will obtain his funding. Tides Foundation? …etc’

    This is the point surely – there is a nice life as a paid funded and subsided activist and mouth piece (especially when you have no qualification on the subject) — travel hotel rooms meals
    And the kudos … endless rounds of interviews with ignorant sycophantic journalists, green rooms galore. Not to mention trailing his coat as a martyr.
    You can see why its turned his head. A few words in the right place and he can see a trip to Oslo beckoning.

  224. Don Worley says:

    Another bitter civil servant biting the hand that feeds him.

  225. RobRoy says:

    “Dr. Hansen says he senses the beginnings of a mass movement on climate change, led by young people.” – Mao Tse Tung would be so proud, Pol Pot too. Even Lenin.

  226. jc says:

    @ fobdangerclose says: April 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    That invokes things Hansen would understand. Cutting to the bone.

    I doubt Hansen would allow his ego to trump his fixated insularity to the extent he would creep in here to view comments about himself, but if he does, he’ll regret it.

  227. Jacob says:

    Also, for Hansen:
    He supports nuclear power.
    He opposed the failed cap&trade proposal that failed in Congress.

  228. jc says:

    @ Jacob says:
    April 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hansen’s support for nuclear may be pragmatic but not in the way it appears.

    It is obvious to anyone (other than an environmentalist), and has always been, that if emissions are to be cut very significantly, then nuclear is the only realistic option.

    Cutting emissions significantly is the only way Hansen’s ravings can never be shown to be true or false, at least until he has a permanent place in the pantheon.

    A man who is at best indifferent to the deaths of thousands through his direct actions is not going to be concerned about the best energy policy for humanities benefit.

  229. EternalOptimist says:

    If Hansen wnats to really make a mark, he should forget about the Earth becoming like Venus, he should concentrate on making Venus just like the Earth.
    A bit of lobbying to ban the Venusian Kanook tarsands, banning all use of Venusian coal, break the link between Venus and Shell and hey presto, another Gaia by 2100

  230. Jimbo says:

    Klench Mychiques says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Say what you like about him, but it’s clear he’s willing to stand up for what he believes in.

    That doesn’t mean he’s right. There was once a German chap with a short moustache who stood up for what he believed in back in the 1930s and early 1940s. There was someone also similar in Russia. How may died again? Those numbers will fall into significance if Hansen get his way and governments around the world encourage more food to fuel and fuel poverty.

  231. Wamron says:

    Only last week I commented here about not getting excited regarding anything involving Hansen until announcement of his being fired.

    I did NOT pray for that. But seriously I praise God for this.

    Be careful what you wish for, be thankful of Good News.

  232. Resourceguy says:

    “You can’t testify against the government.” And you also can’t under-report outside earnings as a paid activist while being on the taxpayer’s payroll. Note how he side steps ethical issues even now and the press (WAPO) does not even mention it.

  233. higley7 says:

    If he goes to court, the validity of his science and the unreality of global warming will have its DEBATE and he will lose. This is exactly what he has been avoiding all of this time. So, that leaves him activism in which he can NEVER enter into a real discussion in public with a skeptic—he will lose.

  234. Gary Hladik says:

    Makes sense: His job was really interfering with his jail time.

  235. Gary H says:

    Peter Gleick has been announced by the Obama Administration, as Hansen’s replacement.

    April fools — couldn’t resist.

  236. Gibby says:

    You know what really bothers me… he is going to be getting a very nice pension payment from the very agency that he is going to be taking to court some of the time and he started when they still had medical as part of the retirement plans. So, the whole reason that he is not worried anymore is because the government will be paying him hansomly to be an activist.

  237. philincalifornia says:

    He’d better get out of the way of the mass movement of the young people if he’s speaking of the 17-year old friends of my son who I frequently hear guffawing at the the libtard global warming crap their teachers try to foist on them. If it doesn’t die a death soon, there’s going to be a mass movement, but it ain’t what he thinks it is.

  238. Puppet_Master_Blaster_Master says:

    Best news for GISS in 40 years.

  239. jc says:

    @ philincalifornia says:
    April 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    It could hardly be otherwise could it? No matter what the Respectable Media say, it only takes a few to become aware of the fact it hasn’t warmed for 15 or 16 years (take your pick) and who then pass it round via the internet. They don’t need to be “scientifically literate” or even be that interested.

    At that age, a core feature is Bullshit Alert as they start to figure out the world around them.

    When the vivid contrast between what they have been fed since the age of 10 or younger by pious authority figures, preaching disaster in the absence of compliance, and Reality, stands starkly before them, what 16 or 17 yo is going to go meekly along with this let alone Support Teacher. That would be, excluding the most craven, precisely none.

    Nothings happened since they were born for Gods sake.

  240. David, UK says:

    tallbloke says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Or was he pushed…

    My thoughts exactly.

  241. Lars P. says:

    Pointman says:
    April 2, 2013 at 7:21 am
    If there’s one thing the alarmists like, is authoratative titles, such as he had at NASA. They’d never voluntarily relinquish any. Unless I miss my guess, he got dragged out of NASA kicking and screaming. All the so called reasons for leaving are just putting some topspin on getting the old heave ho.

    I think you nailed it as usual Pointman.

  242. ConTrari says:

    @admad; who wrote:
    “Classic case of jump before you’re pushed. There’s only so much embarrassment even an organisation like NASA can take.”

    Yes, you are probably right. No one will say this today at NASA of course, but in a few years, will they be more interested in cleaning their cage floor? I suspect there will be little to look forward to of praise for Mr. Hansen in the future.

    And if this is indeed an early example of a “silent revolution” in the climate science institutions, will this event mark the opening of the flood gates of a general clean-up in science? Too much to hope for, probably.

  243. _Jim says:

    ferd berple says April 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    For the better part of a century the US was the biggest polluter on the planet; …

    Not having accurate records from the old Soviet Union, do you think maybe it’s a little disingenuous to jump to confusions of this magnitude? We can start, I suppose, with Chernobyl and work down …

    And never mind China, China may be in a category of her own this category going forward …

    “THE NEW SOVIET THREAT: POLLUTION …” published 1992
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1992/07/27/76680/

    “SOVIET POLLUTION: A LETHAL LEGACY”
    http://www.gerdludwig.com/stories/soviet-pollution-a-lethal-legacy/

    .

  244. Ric Werme says:

    Jimbo says:
    April 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    H.R. says:
    April 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    >>No more being muzzled. Now he’s finally free to speak his mind and promote his political views. /bitter sarc

    > I suspect we will hear LESS from him. His big horn was NASA.

    Perhaps he can join Heidi Cullen. She pretty much disappeared from view after leaving The Weather Channel and joining http://www.climatecentral.org/about/people-bio/heidi_cullen/

  245. ntesdorf says:

    Did he jump or did he get pushed? He did not seem to be doing much for NASA or for the rest of the World either for that matter.

  246. RockyRoad says:

    Here’s Dr. Hansen on Fox News:

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/02/nasa-climate-scientist-james-hansen-to-retire/

    I hope he does sue the government so we can get to the bottom of his nefarious actions while at the Goddard Institute.

  247. Kforestcat says:

    Where Mr. Hansen states: “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government”. News to me (federal employee for 30 years).

    As usual Jim Hansen’s grasp of federal ethics law is a bit strained.

    It is true that under 5 C.F.R. § 2635.805, an executive branch employee may not serve as an “expert witness”, for anyone except the United States, in a proceeding before a Federal court or agency in which the United States is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.

    However, Section 2635.805 does not prohibit an employee from serving as a “fact witness”.

    The distinction between a “fact witness” and an “expert witness” is important. A fact witness is a person with knowledge about what happened in a particular case, who testifies in the case about what happened or what the facts are. Fact witness testimony consists of the recitation of facts and/or events as opposed to an expert witness, whose testimony consists of the presentation of an opinion, a diagnosis, etc.

    See: http://www.oge.gov/Topics/Outside-Employment-and-Activities/Testimony/

    Moreover, a federal employee’s can be authorized to serve as an “expert witness” by the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO).

    In order to authorize a federal employee to serve as an “expert witness” the DAEO must determine that:
    • The employee’s service as an expert witness is in the interest of the Government (after consulting with the agency representing the Government or with other agencies, as appropriate, if the United States is not a party); or
    • The subject matter of the testimony does not related to the employee’s duties within the meaning of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807(a)(2)(i).

    So nothing prevents Mr. Hansen from being called as a “fact witness: he merely can’t be called as an “expert witness” unless it serves the “interest of the Government”.

    In short, it appears Dr. Hansen’s real issue is that, in the absence of a DAEO wavier, his testimony would be limited to the recitation of facts… as opposed to opinion. Facts have never been Dr. Hansen’s strong suit… so I suspect that is Hansen’s real problem.

    It also appears that Dr. Hansen’s is afraid that his opinions, if he remained a federal official, would be deemed, by the Government, not to be “in the interest of the Government’… a curious position to take given the EPA endangerment finding.

    As a side note 5 C.F.R. § 2635.805 is intended to prevent a federal employee from using public office for the employee’s personal private gain or for the private gain of the party on whose behalf the employee would testify.

    Regards, Kforestcat

  248. pat says:

    The Weather Clown is climbing in his little car.
    Seriously, looking at this administration, i expect the suit to be welcome by Obama and crowd. They will put up little defense and capitulate to a settlement that will demand the government shut down all industry and deconstruct the economy.

  249. Jimbo says:

    ZootCadillac says:
    April 2, 2013 at 4:59 am

    @William Astley
    …………………………………….
    Just because you copy and paste some work that claims the Venus-earth theory is not possible it does nothing to alter the facts that Hansen made the comments…….

    Thank you ZootCadillac, you said it better than I did. I just called him a liar, but maybe your way is better. Willam tried to pull a fast one, but as soon as I read his claim I knew he was pulling ‘facts’ right out of his arse.

  250. Tancred says:

    Good riddance. No doubt he’ll soon be an expert commentator on MSNBC. ;)

  251. MinB said (April 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm)

    Will be interesting to discover his successor. Anyone know? Someone indoctrinated by Hansen and in his mold or someone with perhaps a more scientifically pure mindset? Let’s hope it’s out with the bad and in with the good…”

    So far, all they’ve announced has been the temp:

    “…Peter Hildebrand, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will serve as interim director until a new director is selected through a competitive process…”

    To me, the most obvious choices would be someone who’s worked with Hansen (and managed to keep a lower profile): either Dr. Reto Ruedy, Dr. Makiko Sato or Dr. Ken Lo. They’re the ones who know where the skeletons are buried, and what “adjustments” had to be made. Anyone new would have to be trained, and might question the status quo.

  252. Sean says:

    “James Hansen to leave NASA to be full time activist”

    But he already was a full time activist.

    A better announcement would be that he was going to pay back his wages for all the taxpayer time he spent on his activist hobby.

  253. Larry in Texas says:

    He shouldn’t have been allowed to retire. He should have been fired. He doesn’t deserve his Federal pension, which he will use to try to mess up things even more politically than he has up until now. He will soon, though, be confined to the dustbin of history.

  254. Pamela Gray says:

    He will ride off into a burning sunset. If he can find one.

  255. philincalifornia says:

    I’m hoping (wishing) that someone in the know has told NASA privately, politely and truthfully that there is an e-mail in Climategate3 that is massively incriminating for the “giant” (in the Trofim Lysenko sense of the word) and, hopefully, it’s regarding the manipulation of the temperature record.

    Actually, someone telling NASA untruthfully would have probably worked too. I mean, it’s not like the climate frauds would be untruthful about anything, naaah ?

    Wishbone (just a small one from a Cornish hen) pulled and acted upon. If this thought gets any traction here, I’ll buy a turkey for the weekend.

  256. Alvin says:

    So many children have been taught through public school that his views are the mainstream, and that social justice is needed, that he is making the right move for him. Expect to see large protests similar to “Occupy” against those that don’t carry environmentalists water. He will leverage Organizing for America and their fundraising.

  257. Pamela Gray says:

    Alvin, it must be a real burden carrying such a broad brush, since it could only fit in a wheelbarrow lol!

  258. Jimbo says:

    If Hansen got it wrong about Venus, then why the heck should anyone listen to this nut about Venus Earth. Damned fool.

    The best theory for Venus’s heat–that it was the victim of a runaway greenhouse effect-had already been claimed by some young Harvard professor named Carl Sagan, Hansen wasn’t deterred. “I decided to say that Venus was so hot because a dusty atmosphere was trapping internal heat,” he recalls. That was good enough for the doctoral committee (even though it turns out that Sagan was right about Venus). Hansen received his degree and landed a fellowship at Goddard,……
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1996/01/21/he-s-not-full-of-hot-air.html

    Hansen, J.E., and S. Matsushima, 1967: The atmosphere and surface temperature of Venus: A dust insulation model. Astrophys. J.
    A dust insulation model for the atmosphere of Venus is proposed in which the high surface temperature results primarily from a shielding of energy escaping from the planetary interior. The insulation is provided by micron-sized dust particles which may be kept airborne by mild turbulence.
    http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/ha05400j.html

  259. John Whitman says:

    henrythethird on April 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    So far, all they’ve announced has been the temp:

    “…Peter Hildebrand, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will serve as interim director until a new director is selected through a competitive process…”

    – – – – – – – –

    henrythethird,

    Thanks for reference about who is acting as Hansen’s temporary replacement.

    It looks like a good possibility that responsible NASA leadership may be bringing in new outside blood to replace the nutty acting Hansen. I think NASA has a mind to sweep the Augean Stables at GISS has been created by the Hansen / Schmidt activities.

    It may be no wonder Schmidt looked unhappy and disheveled on the Stossell show last week. He could have already heard that he will get a new boss from outside that will be auditing what he has done under Hansen’s nuttiness.

    John

  260. jc says:

    @ Jimbo says:
    April 4, 2013 at 7:10 am

    This shows what needs to be done. Like everything else in “Climate Science”, including temperature measurement, the foundational basis for claims has been unexamined.

    As I have mentioned before, Hansen abruptly abandoned Venus for AGW right at the point in time – literally – when measurements of Venus’s atmosphere could be obtained.

    It is OBVIOUS that he did so because these discredited his “work”.

    His first priority subsequently was to “gain control” over temperature records, which he then decided required modification utilizing precepts of his own devising.

    His published record of speculations regarding Venus need to be examined by someone, or preferably a number of people, and then evaluated against data received. This will without doubt show complete failure. Probably spectacular failure.

    This man is a complete [snip]. Doing the above will illustrate his antipathy to data, that is, reality.

  261. John Tillman says:

    jc says:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    @ Jimbo says:
    April 4, 2013 at 7:10 am

    This shows what needs to be done. Like everything else in “Climate Science”, including temperature measurement, the foundational basis for claims has been unexamined.
    ***************************************************

    This shows that Hansen not only is now but always has been a shameless liar. Not that that excludes his also being a raving loon & blithering idiot. The last thing in which he has ever been interested is trying to discover reality.

    But his quest for irreality has made him rich & famous, at public expense.

  262. Kforestcat says:

    Out of curiously I looked to see wither, Hansen, as a former NASA employee, could testify in federal court against the United States… as is his stated intention. It looks like he’s in for a bit of a surprise.

    Looking at 14 C.F.R. PART 1263—DEMAND FOR INFORMATION OR TESTIMONY SERVED ON AGENCY EMPLOYEES; PROCEDURES Title 14 – Aeronautics and Space

    The section states former employees of NASA are held to the same standard as current employees. See:

    Ҥ 1263.100 Purpose and scope.

    (a) This part sets forth procedures to be followed with respect to the production or disclosure of official information or records and/or the testimony of present or former employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to any official information acquired by any employee of NASA as part of the performance of that employee’s official duties or by virtue of that employee’s official status, where a demand for such production, disclosure, or testimony is issued in a federal, state, or other legal proceeding.”

    See http://law.justia.com/cfr/title14/14-5.0.1.1.34.html

    In order for Hansen to testify against the United States as an “expert witness” he would have to the United States permission. Good luck with that!!!

    As usual Hansen’s grasp for federal ethics law is more than a bit flawed.

    Regards, Kforestcat

  263. In the absence of Dr. James “Thumbs On The Temperature Scale” Hansen, who will be left in charge of ‘homogenizing’ the temperature data to ensure a neverending, year after year, this is the hotest year ever, claim of climate change?

  264. philincalifornia says:

    Charles S. Opalek, PE says:
    April 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    In the absence of Dr. James “Thumbs On The Temperature Scale” Hansen, who will be left in charge of ‘homogenizing’ the temperature data to ensure a neverending, year after year, this is the hotest year ever, claim of climate change?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    A real auditing firm might be able to reinstate the temperature record – if the raw data has not been deleted by the A-hole and his acolytes. If they could do this, then maybe they could continue the process and, if the record does not pass the independent audit at year end, then bye bye next curator.

    This is standard procedure out in the real world.

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