James Hansen’s Latest (climate alarmism, energy realism continues)

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By Robert Bradley Jr. — September 27, 2022

James Hansen is a mixed bag. In important areas, he speaks truth to power and is a thorn in the side of “magical thinking” wind-and-solar “environmentalists.”

But the blinders are on when it comes to climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases; market entrepreneurship for adaptation/resiliency; the benefits of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for Global Greening; and the positive effect of moderate warming for many people in many places of the world for most of the year.

Here are some examples of Hansen at his best:

  • “Suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.” (here)
  • “Let’s be clear: the frequent comparison of the fossil fuel and tobacco industries is nonsense. Fossil fuels are a valuable energy source that has done yeomen service for humankind.” (here)
  • “Fossil fuels provided the energy that today’s developed world employed to reach its current standard of living…. [I]f fossil fuels provide the only realistic available path to development and improved living standards, that path surely will be taken.” (here)
  • “[The Paris Agreement is] a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.” (here)
  • “The bad news: we approach the gas bag season – the next Conference of the Parties (COP26) is scheduled for November 1-12. Gas bag politicians … may have been honestly duped about the science and engineering, but many must be blatant hypocrites.” (here)


Most recently, Hansen has opined on different subjects, the best commentary of which follows.

Inflation Reduction Act (August 25, 2022)

  • “In early 2009, shortly after Barack Obama took office, I entreated Senator John Kerry, Obama’s point person on climate policy, to pursue carbon fee-and-dividend. He responded sadly ‘I can’t get one vote for that.’ Instead, he had to allow … passages in the bill provided by special interests. That ‘Christmas tree’ bill didn’t pass, but the present one did under the pseudonym ‘Inflation Reduction Act’.”
  • “It’s probably possible to find an economist or two defending the Christmas tree approach, with something like ‘that’s the way sausages are made.’ Hogwash. The fossil fuel industry is smiling all the way to the bank. Until we understand this, we are all Colonel Nicholson.”
  • The [new climate legislation] will help reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, but the maximum impact will be a 15% reduction from 2005 emissions…. The remainder of the hoped-for 40-50% decrease in U.S. emissions since 2005 consists of the reduction that has already been achieved plus reduction that would have occurred in the absence of the climate bill.”
  • “Much of the 15% [maximum reduction] is dubious, e.g., expectation of large-scale carbon capture and storage. Also, planned wind and solar expansion is likely to encounter public concern about the scale of the environmental footprint, and there will be opposition to expansion of transmission lines.”
  • “Recent U.S. [CO2] emissions are about 14% of the global total, so the likely impact of the Christmas tree bill will be of the order of 1% of global emissions. This hardly warrants a euphoric response from young people, especially when they realize that the financing of the bill is largely being borrowed from them.”

President Biden’s Legacy (August 8, 2022)

  • “The Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted by almost all nations after the 1992 Rio de Janeiro conference, professes agreement to avoid dangerous human-made climate change. Yet ensuing actions consist simply of pledges to try harder to reduce emissions. Failure of this approach is guaranteed….”
  • “Most environmental groups lived in fairyland, never working with utility experts — who must keep the lights on — and not understanding that most nations will always give priority to their immediate development and economic well-being over the long-term global warming issue.”

June 2022 Temperature Update & The Bigger Picture (July 29, 2022)

  • “The public understands that Washington has become a swamp of special interests. The public knows that, upon election, congress-people become elite, concerned about maintaining that status, and willing to accept money from special interests. In short, our government is corrupt.”
  • “Special interests have more clout in Washington than a person who comes without money. I could give some amusing stories about coming without money, but I presume that you already understand Washington’s corruption.”
  • “[T]he long-standing ‘wishful thinking’ approach to climate policy – ask each nation to try to reduce their emissions and hope that the global results will add up to a solution. And then ignore the blatant scientific data showing that this approach is not working and will not work.”


I fear that James Hansen is engaged in his own magical thinking. He warned in 2006:

We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions.

Come ten years, he admitted that little-to-nothing had been done but suggested a radical retrogressive policy:

Contrary to the impression favored by governments, the corner has not been turned toward declining emissions and GHG amounts…. Negative CO2 emissions, i. e., extraction of CO2 from the air, is now required.”

Yet we were not out of time after all! Also in 2016:

The ponderous response of the climate system also means that we don’t need to instantaneously reduce GHG amounts. However, despite uncertainties about some climate processes, we know enough to say that the time scale on which we must begin to reduce atmospheric GHG amounts is measured in decades, not centuries…. [W]e must get the political processes moving now.

Unsettled climate science, unsettled climate scientist.

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Tom Halla
September 27, 2022 10:06 am

When Hansen’s theory is leading him to make risible predictions, he really should doubt the validity of his theory.

Reply to  Tom Halla
September 27, 2022 10:35 am

But he doesn’t realise they are risable.

Steve Case
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 27, 2022 10:50 am

When Hansen’s theory is leading him to make risible predictions, he really should doubt the validity of his theory.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you
are the easiest person to fool . . . .  Richard P. Feynman 

Dr. Hansen isn’t paying attention to the first principle.

Reply to  Steve Case
September 27, 2022 4:03 pm

With respect to Hansen, the easiest person to fool appears to be his poor grandaughter.

September 27, 2022 10:33 am

“… avoid dangerous human-made climate change. Yet ensuing actions consist simply of pledges to try harder to reduce emissions …”

So, obviously, the only cause of “… dangerous human-made climate change …” is “…emissions …”. Meaning, of course, CO2 emissions. There could not possibly be any other cause of climate change, and it is all dangerous. (\sarc)

September 27, 2022 10:46 am

Has it occurred he has an identical twin brother that fills in for him from time to time! It is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Olen
September 27, 2022 9:33 pm

I am sure Joe Biden would like to know where he could order a lucid identical twin brother to fill in for him.

September 27, 2022 11:04 am

If Hansen actually said some of these things, then he is completely insane. We know, from his own admission, that he and his climate model mentor added the assumption of positive feedback between CO2 and water vapor in the late 70s because the model wasn’t giving them the results they wanted without this assumption. The entire point was to get rid of coal, but he tarred the entire fossil fuel industry and now complains about tarring the entire fossil fuel industry. Insane.

September 27, 2022 11:42 am

can’t be easy knowing you’re probably the man most responsible for wasting trillions of dollars on a false alarm

Reply to  TallDave
September 27, 2022 9:54 pm

And killing millions of people. But I don’t think either the money or the deaths keep him up at night.

william Johnston
Reply to  Hivemind
September 28, 2022 9:45 am

Not his money and he didn’t know the people. Not his problem.

Reply to  TallDave
September 28, 2022 12:13 pm

“can’t be easy knowing you’re probably the man most responsible for wasting trillions of dollars on a false fraudulent alarm”

i fixed it

alastair gray
September 27, 2022 11:50 am

Hansen is a hero of the warmunist movement for his manipulation of the AC at the congressional hearing in 88. so that the idiot politicos would listen to his nonsense
He is almost a slimy a little turd as ME Mann who continues to cock his piggy little snout at all scientific realism and will not even cough up for Tim Ball’s legal costs
snivelling little apology for a human. Both of them

jeffery P
Reply to  alastair gray
September 27, 2022 1:03 pm

But how do you really feel about them?

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  jeffery P
September 27, 2022 9:34 pm

He couldn’t type what he REALLY felt, since this is a family blog.

September 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Meanwhile in the real world Nordstreams 1 and 2 have been sabotaged

Prices will probably shoot up again?

Reply to  fretslider
September 27, 2022 12:22 pm

I saw that today ….. in the middle of the ocean. Who would want to do that and have the ability to pull it off?

Reply to  markl
September 27, 2022 1:02 pm


jeffery P
Reply to  markl
September 27, 2022 1:04 pm

Russia, of course.

Matt Kiro
Reply to  jeffery P
September 27, 2022 5:29 pm

Russia could shut it off anytime they wanted lok

Reply to  jeffery P
September 27, 2022 5:58 pm

easier to just turn the tap off

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  H B
September 27, 2022 9:37 pm

If you are massively losing support in Mother Russia due to your conscription notice, then you need a Reichstag Fire incident of international sabotage to rally your support.

Reply to  fretslider
September 28, 2022 1:57 am

Is it possible that air with its oxygen content got into the pipe from maintenance work upstream in a pumping station (or even deliberately) and passed through a point where damage to the static-proof coating inside the pipe allowed a spark that set off an explosion inside the pipe?

Reply to  eyesonu
September 28, 2022 2:56 am

In two pipes? Three explosions?

Please talk sense.

Reply to  fretslider
September 28, 2022 8:23 am

There is a ‘sag’ in the depth of the underwater pipes of 25 meters or so. With the flow shut off would any air entrained in the ‘nat gas’ settle into the trap creating mixture ratio to become flammable? Pardon me if I try to consider all possibilities before jumping to conclusions. Time will tell. https://map.openseamap.org/

michael hart
September 27, 2022 12:00 pm

It always intrigued me that he could be so sensible one day, yet Radio Rentals the next. Normally the crazies seem to be 100% all the time.

And that’s just his scientific claims, when he wasn’t chaining himself to railings as the senior administrator of such a large scientific institution which still does its job in many areas.

Always liked his hats though.

jeffery P
September 27, 2022 1:07 pm

Hansen is a hero when talking about climate change ans a zero when talking about the unseriousness of eliminating fossil fuels.

jeffery P
Reply to  jeffery P
September 27, 2022 1:10 pm

In other words, the warmers cherry-pick Hansen’s opinions.

Laws of Nature
September 27, 2022 1:33 pm

Waaah.. there is no tooth fairy? Oh noes!!

September 27, 2022 1:48 pm

It reminds me of the two sides of Al Capone. He was a ruthless and very dangerous criminal but many many people remember and admire him for running soup kitchens to feed the hungry.

Tom Abbott
September 27, 2022 1:58 pm

Hansen is just as dishonest as all the other Climate Change Liars.

Here’s Hansen’s U.S. temperature chart (Hansen 1999):

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As you can see the 1930’s are warmer than subsequent years.

At one time, Hansen said 1934 was 0.5C warmer than 1998. And we can see that is true from Hansen’s chart.

The Climategate emails contain correspondence between Hansen and a colleague, where the colleague confirms Hansen’s evaluation of 1934, the colleague saying his figures were very close to Hansen’s.

Then, after 1998, when temperatures did not continue to warm as expected by Hansen and the alarmists, but started to cool instead, then Hansen goes and tries to change the past by claiming that 1934 is no longer warmer than 1998, since if 1934 is warmer than 1998, then this must mean CO2 has no noticeable effect on the temperatures of the atmosphere

So when Hansen’s chart no longer fit the alarmist narrative, Hansen tried to change the numbers so they would fit. Dishonest. Conniving.

I wonder what Hansen’s Climategate colleague thought when Hansen repudiated Hansen’s own temperature numbers. Did his colleague change his tune on the temperatures, too, like Hansen did? Enquiring minds want to know.

Hansen can’t be trusted any further than you can trust any conniving alarmist.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 27, 2022 7:15 pm

Obviously that chart needs a little adjusting fiddling with homogenising.

Old Man Winter
September 27, 2022 2:23 pm

From The Spectator-
“On Sept. 14, the EPA formally denied a petition by former NASA scientist
Jim Hansen … In essence, the EPA’s denial says, “We don’t debate that
climate change is a real problem, and we agree that we have the existing
authority to deal with it under the TSCA; we just think it isn’t necessary
to use that authority to address climate change because we’d rather spend
billions under the ‘Inflation Reduction Act.’””

John Podesta is in charge of distributing the $370B from the IRA. While
he was Hillary’s 2016 campaign chair & is the “Center for American
Progress” founder & chair, more importantly, as WH counsel, he pushed
Nobama’s very aggressive climate policy, including the Clean Air Act.
In 2015, he praised China’s efforts to combat climate change. He broke
his Twitter boycott to celebrate the passage of IRA, with its massive
pork barrel spending. While the corruption will far exceed anything
Hansen has seen before in DC, The One will be allocating it to advance
his part in the Great Reset!



Reply to  Old Man Winter
September 27, 2022 6:07 pm

John Podesta is one evil dude. Why did he visit New Zealand the week before the Christchurch shooting ,yet another can of worms

Gary Pearse
September 27, 2022 2:31 pm

“most nations will always give priority to their immediate development and economic well-being over the long-term global warming issue.”

Correct, except for the EU, UK and its former British-decended colonies (and, for now, USA). The 6 billion peopling most of the remaining countries are considering the wellbeing of their citizens and are going for fossil fuels, mainly coal. There is no better proof that Brit-EU folk (and USA Democrats) think they are the world. We are, like it or not, going to know to several decimal places what actual ECS of CO2 is when it does double (100% certainty on this).

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Gary Pearse
September 28, 2022 1:51 pm

Yes, 0.00000

September 27, 2022 3:25 pm

Why do they still run so many models that are running too hot, and even worse
average them ? Just keep the best..

Reply to  Macha
September 27, 2022 8:20 pm

It’s the same as thinking 2+2=7 because two thirds of the group think it equals 10 not 4 but keeping their answers anyway.

Adrian Smits
Reply to  Macha
September 28, 2022 9:56 am

The primary reason is non of them are very good on a long term basis but some are always close to good in the short term. It’s like shouting squirrel when someone asks a difficultquestion.

September 27, 2022 3:59 pm

AGAIN here’s the answer to their decades long BS and FRA-D and it only takes 5 minutes of your time.
Fossil fuels have taken us from the POOR and SICK corner to the WEALTHY and HEALTHY corner in just 200 years. Look up the data for yourselves or watch as Dr Rosling plots 120,000 UN data points from 1810 to 2010.
Global population in 1970 3.7 billion and today an extra 4.2 + billion added globally in just the last 50 years. Global life expectancy was about 56 in 1970 and 73 in 2022. DUH, THINK ABOUT IT and WAKE UP.
Oh and our poorest continent Africa pop 363 million in 1970 and 1400 million today. And life expectancy was 46 in 1970 and in 2022 about 64 years. SO WHAT’s WRONG WITH OUR CLIMATE OVER THE LAST 50 + YEARS?
Obviously we’ve been witnessing the greatest FRA_D and CON TRICK for thousands of years.

Reply to  Neville
September 27, 2022 4:14 pm

Perhaps I should’ve completed the addition above, just for our blog loonies.
Global pop in 1970 3.7 bn + 4.2 bn added since then = 7.9 + billion today and ticking over to 8 billion in 2023. All UN data, see Macrotrends or OWI data etc.

September 27, 2022 6:22 pm

Hansen knows there is not a climate emergency. He realized a whole back if he can convince countries to go nuclear, he can claim credit for averting disaster.

Reply to  mcates
September 27, 2022 11:23 pm

No way as he needs to be better looking than the mirror or grumpy Greta and Co-
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September 27, 2022 11:03 pm

Unsettled climate science, unsettled climate scientist.

Well it aint just in the field of climastrology but astral travelling-

“It saddens me to see that the field has become a factory for useless academic papers.”
Former Particle Physicist Absolutely Annihilates the Field of Particle Physics (msn.com)

Gary Pate
September 27, 2022 11:45 pm

How is he different than a myriad of “end of the world” doom prophets of the recent past? #ClimateScientology

September 28, 2022 1:40 am

This is an excellent posting or should I say presentation on Hansen. Maybe he has been secretly reading WUWT and realized he was a gas bag! LOL

Andy Pattullo
September 28, 2022 6:30 am

Each of us should wake each day with the sincere intention of discovering those aspects of what we believe that aren’t true, James Hansen included. Because there is no objective evidence of a climate problem related to human CO2 emissions, and there is abundant evidence of relative climate stability, an improving biosphere and many natural forces driving what change is seen, the continued belief in a human-caused climate emergency is a failure of objective critical thinking.

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