Breaking: NASA GISS Dr. James Hansen – arrested yet again

Dr. James Hansen arrested in coal protest at the White House, see the photo below.

From the Wonk Room » Around The World, Activists Arrested For Protesting Coal’s Destruction

More than 100 people were arrested today during Appalachia Rising, the largest national protest to end mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Arrests included Appalachian residents; retired coal miners; renowned climate scientist, James Hansen; and faith leaders. After a march from Freedom Plaza and a rally at Lafayette Park, more than 100 staged a sit-in in front of the White House to demand President Obama follow his own science and end mountaintop mining.

Protesters in Newcastle, AU, the largest coal port. Image: via Wonk Room

More than 100 Arrested at White House Demanding End to Mountaintop Removal | Rainforest Action Network

“The science is clear, mountaintop removal destroys historic mountain ranges, poisons water supplies and pollutes the air with coal and rock dust,” said renowned climate scientist James Hansen, who was arrested in today’s protest at the White House. “Mountaintop removal, providing only a small fraction of our energy, can and should be abolished. The time for half measures and caving in to polluting industries must end.”

Here’s our buddy Jimbo, looking dapper in a fedora, tie, dockers, and cuffs:

Jim Hansen arrest at White House

James Hansen, arrested in front of the White House. Image: via Wonk Room

Jimbo’s starting a rap sheet:

June 23, 2009 Dr. James Hansen of NASA GISS arrested

James Hansen and unidentified woman under arrest by WV state trooper. Photo credit: Antrim Caskey, Rainforest Action Network Field Photography

I wonder if he still thinks the west side highway will be underwater due to sea level rise in 20 years?

And as an added bonus, from the Climate is not Weather except when we say it is Department, the Wonk Room has a link to this story:

Meanwhile, Los Angeles hit an all-time record 113°

h/t to Tom Nelson and WUWT reader Ron de Haan

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Murray Duffin

Never though I would agree with Hansen. Good on you Jim. Murray

Murray Duffin

For though read thought.

R. Shearer

He should be deported.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!
Isn’t there some kind of “morals” clause in NASA contracts that forbids repeat convicts from serving or getting contracts?

Wait, wasn’t yesterday a work day? A national holiday I missed, perhaps?
If not, I trust Hansen booked a couple of days vacation to get arrested.

John

When I worked for the government many years ago an arrest like this would have resulted in my being fired. I would have expected it, and I would have deserved it.
My how things seem to have changed.

Hu McCulloch

“The science is clear, mountaintop removal destroys historic mountain ranges, poisons water supplies and pollutes the air with coal and rock dust,” said renowned climate scientist James Hansen, who was arrested in today’s protest at the White House.

It’s interesting that CO2 itself is apparently no longer a big issue with Hansen.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles hit an all-time record 113°…

Where is “LA” measured? LAX? How big was aviation back in 1877, when this series began according to the article?

E.M.Smith says:
September 28, 2010 at 10:46 am
Isn’t there some kind of “morals” clause in NASA contracts that forbids repeat convicts from serving or getting contracts?

I recommend short editorial by Paul Craig Roberts (former R. Reagan adviser):
The Collapse of Western Morality
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21158
(…) Americans will be the first people sent straight to Hell while thinking that they are the salt of the earth. (…)
Regards

esin

““The science is clear, mountaintop removal destroys historic mountain ranges, poisons water supplies and pollutes the air with coal and rock dust,” said renowned climate scientist James Hansen, who was arrested in today’s protest at the White House… Mountaintop removal, providing only a small fraction of our energy, can and should be abolished.” blockquote>
Counldn’t agree more ~thank you, Doc

CRS, Dr.P.H.

…I’d like to see Hansen try that stunt in China!
However, I agree, mountaintop clearing is nasty business. We should really push for more natural gas production. With all the new sources & fields, natural gas is an energy winner in the US.
Hansen and his ilk protested US nuclear development, and now they weep *BOO HOO HOO!* for more nukes to offset GHG. Be careful what you wish for, Doc.

ML

I’m just puzzled by the fact that there is no person above this clown, who can stop him from dragging NASA ( once fine organisation) like dirty rag through a pile of sh$$t.

Enneagram

LOL!!!
I would call these guys, obviously, not tea-baggers but POT-SMOKERS

Enneagram

What is it the NGO behind?

björn

Arrested for demonstrating, wuwt?
I think it is outrageous and everyone, no matter what view they have on agw, should support Hansen and his/our right to freedom of speech.
Arrested for demonstrating, this is USA not China?

bubbagyro

They have to put the mountains back together according with EPA statutes, so this is a red herring. Rock dust??? Pulleeeaze. He is trying to redeem himself after all the egg-in-face lying. Don’t fall for this, good people. They will probably show a crippled eagle at the bottom of a scree fall, claiming it is mining, even though it may have been crippled by a windmill.
I wonder if the DA can add on fraud charges similar to M. Mann in Virginia?

Dave

I wonder, do you think that NASA GISS has a charge number set up so that Jimbo can properly annotate his time sheet and get paid for his political activism and subsequent incarceration?

Enneagram

Przemysław Pawełczyk says:
September 28, 2010 at 10:53 am
I said, a few days ago.“Chaos is the ANTI-ETHOS of the ideologists”, this is why they fear ORDER in the universe, laws which govern it, and this is why they reject the traditional symbols which represent those universal laws, like the symbol of the CROSS at schools. This drives them really MAD.
We are already at the Armageddon field, in the battle against evil; that is why we have congregated here, at WUWT, many just intuitively joining the right side.

Mike Hebb

Regardless of his AGW views I fully support him on this one.

Djozar

Someone please find a time machine and send these hippies back to the sixties (1860’s would be fine).

Enneagram

Djozar says:
September 28, 2010 at 11:31 am
1860?, then to the FAR-WEST…..they will welcome them with tar and feathers!

Turboblocke

Good article that you linked to PP.
Good man Hansen: IMO he deserves a Nobel.

Tim

While I despise the destruction of whole watershed ecosystems with this mining method (if you can call it that) I really don’t think I’d want Hansen or any of the global warming crowd to ride in and steal the issue to “CO2”. Go do your own protest Hansen! This is a real environmental issue.

ddpalmer

björn they weren’t arrested for protesting or for what they were saying.
“Protesters were arrested after they refused orders from Law Enforcement to leave the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue. A few were charged with crossing a police line.”
Apparently they were obstructing the sidewalk and enterance to the White House. Also obviously they knew what they were doing because what good is a protest where no one is arrested. You need those arrests to get your story in the paper. I am sure the protesters would have keep pushing the envelope until they got arrested, it was their goal to get arrested.

simpleseekeraftertruth

Do you get arrested for protesting in the USA? I understood arrest was for doing something against a law. Either he was arrested illegally or he was committing an offence while protesting. The latter makes him look like some kind of beligerant nut.

Nolo Contendere

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “what a maroon!”. Hansen needs to seek treatment for his drama queenery. Back when I worked for the feds, this would have gotten me fired.

Stephan

ot but arctic ice is really picking up!
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icecover.uk.php
Non-DMI seem to be trying to hide again…LOL

Rabe

Hey, they are on the right track:

… providing only a small fraction of our energy, can and should be abolished.

So we can hope that wind mills and PV fields are obsolete now?

Tom_R

If he’s willing to break the law in order to save the world, would he not also be willing to fudge data in order to save the world?

MikeN

Why was he arrested?

Dan Murphy

Every time I see a picture of Jim Hansen or hear him referenced, I’m reminded of one of the spokesmen for the Turbo Entabulator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjXTOlsE8k0
At this point, the Turbo Entabulator spokesmen have more credibility than Jim Hansen does as a climate scientist.

Elftone

I agree with him on this issue. I also agree with him regarding our need for nuclear power.
He has a right to voice his opinion and to demonstrate on the subject. Free country and all that. And come on, folks, do you really think he *didn’t* take vacation to do this? Really? He may be weird, but the last thing anyone can accuse him of is being stupid. Also, last time I checked, he’s a natural-born American citizen, so deporting him isn’t really an option, is it?
I believe he is, and has always been, seriously off the rails regarding CO2 and its role in climate… in fact, his logic is fatally flawed with regard to that.

Brian Johnson uk

Good on the USA – keep those shackles on the man. A gag too and somebody stamp on that silly hat he wears.
He should have been arrested for lying in an English Court. His hour long [Kingsnorth Power Station] testimony was a travesty of the truth and his obsession with coal/carbon and his extreme views about [the myth] of climate catastrophe make NASA look like a bunch of amateurs by association. I know NASA is not but from over here [UK] Hansen and NASA are one.

James Sexton

Eviron whack jobs. Where, pray tell, will the people get their electricity? Or does any of them really care as long as they have theirs? For those making the snap judgment supporting the good doctor while he demonstrates his obvious bias and activism, you people should really read up on “mountain top removal”. You should also understand this twit represents an arm of a federal agency.

SidViscous

Holy carp.
Going to the link about his west side highway prediction.
That’s the cafe from Seinfeld on the 1st floor of his building.
REPLY: Yes, yes it is. Maybe you missed this?
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/21/nasa-giss-a-division-of-vandelay-industries/
– Anthony

Baa Humbug

As much as I abhor this man, I support his right to protest (and knowingly get arrested) for whatever his beef is.
Having said that, surely it’s plain to see that the most important temperature data set is in the hands of an activist. This must change.

As MikeN says, we dont know why Jim Hansen was arrested. If, for example, there was a court order outlawing the protest he might be guilty of contempt of court. Until we know the details, we cannot make a judgement.

Pascvaks

Ref – E.M.Smith says:
September 28, 2010 at 10:46 am
“Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Isn’t there some kind of “morals” clause in NASA contracts that forbids repeat convicts from serving or getting contracts?”
_________________________
I think you’re right. By jimbo, I think you’re right once again! And look at his hat, AND those long sleeves on that shirt, AND a tie too, AND extra LONG pants, AND nice thick shoes AND socks – not any of that short, short, light, light, see-thru, keep-ya-cool Global Warming stuff. Ya think he knows something he’s not telling? Ya think it might mean we’re heading into one of those super cell deep freeze falls and an ice age, grab yer socks, no-holds-barred winter? Somthin’ mighty fishy there! Mighty fishy! Can’t ya just smell it?
PS: On the demonstration he stumbeled into on his way to advise and consent to the WH about the end of life as we know it, or whatever, I think those folks are right. Let’s buy some Chinese coal as long as they’re still taking our funny money.

coaldust

“The time for half measures and caving in to polluting industries must end.”
So we should stop caving in to “Climate Scientists” who pollute the media with questionable “science” and illegal tactics? OK.

CRS, Dr.P.H.

For those who asked:
Washington (CNN) — More than 100 people protesting mountain-top removal coal mining were arrested Monday outside the White House for failing to obey an order to disperse, the U.S. Park Service said.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/09/27/white.house.protest/

turbo

If he spent a considerable amount of time also advocating a viable option for our energy needs (i.e. nuclear) then I fully support Hansen on this. Mountaintop coal mining is a dangerous and ecologically devastating practice.

Wondering Aloud

I don’t object to him taking part in protests or getting arrested for his actions again. I object to the fact that they keep letting him go.

Ben D.

He was not arrested for protesting, he was arrested for refusing to stop impeding traffic flow.
I still have yet to see any reason why he works for NASA. What is NASA, an organization full of people who get arrested because they can’t figure out how to protest legally in our country? Give me a break, I have protested numerous times without getting arrested. Its stunts like this that undermine his credibility, and I do believe that anyone who works for the Government and gets arrested should be fired on the spot for something this retarded.
In fact, I am still unsure why he wasn’t fired years ago. He is not a true government worker, he is a joke who goes around on crusades..

David

Mountain top removal sounds pretty drastic but isn’t that big a deal.
If you have ever been to Appalachia which is pretty much the only place where it is practiced you will have noticed the extreme shortage of level ground. By pushing the tips of ridges over on to the uppermost bit of the valley next to or between them you can create a reasonable area of flat ground. At times because flat land is rare in Appalachia you find supermarkets and other such development takes place on it.
Otherwise which is most often it is replanted with trees and/or grassed. There is no ecosystem destruction. The material involved is generally inert sandstone or shale and after replanting the ground is not significanrly different from the rest of Appalachian land and will soon be repopulated with exactly the same flora and fauna it had before.
Commonly the effects on the water quality are positive. Appalachia has a long and chequered mining history and removal commonly takes away residual coal left in old workings and removes any problems there may have been associated with it.
Even in Appalachia, the writ of the DOE runs and the irresponsible bad practice which was widespread in the 19th and early 20th century and gave the whole of this industry a bad name, has largely been stamped out.

Hansen has every right and as a concerned citizen the obligation to express is views. If that leads him to some form of protest or civil disobedience so be it. I have been a coal geologist and mine planner for many years. I do not fully agree with him and find many half truths and much misinformation coming from these advocates and advocacy groups. Hansen is quoted saying: “The science is clear, mountaintop removal destroys historic mountain ranges, poisons water supplies and pollutes the air with coal and rock dust,” said renowned climate scientist James Hansen, who was arrested in today’s protest at the White House. “Mountaintop removal, providing only a small fraction of our energy, can and should be abolished. The time for half measures and caving in to polluting industries must end.”
This statement is not totally untrue, it is shall we say, a little over the top. Credit is not often given to the miners who do a very good job of reclamation, for example. The dangers rock and coal dust, as well as waters supplies, can be real. They can also be mitigated and controlled.

Ken G

“Arrests included…renowned climate scientist, James Hansen; and faith leaders.”
Redundant

Theo Goodwin

björn says:
“I think it is outrageous and everyone, no matter what view they have on agw, should support Hansen and his/our right to freedom of speech. Arrested for demonstrating, this is USA not China?”
They were arrested at the White House. Since 9/11, the NO-GO zone around the White House is huge. Most likely, they wandered into it and were arrested for tresspassing, not protesting.

P Walker

One of the largest elk herds in the US is thriving on land reclaimed from strip mines in Eastern KY .

Fernando (in Brazil)

[quote]R. Shearer says:
September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am
He should be deported.[/quote]
NO. …..thanks

Ken G

“If he’s willing to break the law in order to save the world, would he not also be willing to fudge data in order to save the world?”
Exactly. This is why this seems to be a conflict of interest. He is in charge of the GISS temp data and he is an activist. He should decide which one he prefers to be, because it’s hard to sell me on GISS temp data when I know the man in charge of it is biased and has an agenda.

Silly rabbit, show us how to protest a volcano, like they kill the vegetation, wreck lungs, poison the water and coat everything in ash and mud.
Volcanic gases undergo a tremendous increase in volume when magma rises to the Earth’s surface and erupts. For example, consider what happens if one cubic meter of 900°C rhyolite magma containing five percent by weight of dissolved water were suddenly brought from depth to the surface. The one cubic meter of magma now would occupy a volume of 670 m3 as a mixture of water vapor and magma at atmospheric pressure (Sparks et. al., 1997)! The one meter cube at depth would increase to 8.75 m on each side at the surface. Such enormous expansion of volcanic gases, primarily water, is the main driving force of explosive eruptions.
The most abundant gas typically released into the atmosphere from volcanic systems is water vapor (H2O), followed by carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). Volcanoes also release smaller amounts of others gases, including hydrogen sulfide (H2S), hydrogen (H2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen chloride (HCL), hydrogen fluoride (HF), and helium (He).
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/index.php
I might even join you. I officially protest Kliuchevskoi, Eyjafjallajökull, Chaiten, Redoubt, Shiveluch, Sarychev, Kasatochi, Okmok, Sinabung, Cleveland, Etna, Galeras and… there’s so many! I officially protest the 60 to 80 volcanoes erupting every year now and screwing everything up, when we used to get 50 or less.