What Part Of This Is It That Some People Don’t Understand?

While doing research 12 or 13 years ago, I met Jim Hansen, the scientist who in 1988 predicted the greenhouse effect before Congress. I went over to the window with him and looked out on Broadway in New York City and said, “If what you’re saying about the greenhouse effect is true, is anything going to look different down there in 20 years?” He looked for a while and was quiet and didn’t say anything for a couple seconds. Then he said, “Well, there will be more traffic.” I, of course, didn’t think he heard the question right. Then he explained, “The West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water. And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change.” Then he said, “There will be more police cars.” Why? “Well, you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.”

Does he still believe these things?

Yes, he still believes everything. I talked to him a few months ago and he said he wouldn’t change anything that he said then.

http://dir.salon.com/books/int/2001/10/23/weather/index.html

 

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9 Responses to What Part Of This Is It That Some People Don’t Understand?

  1. Dave N says:

    ..and regardless of whether Hansen said that stuff to the interviewer, there’s a plethora of other Hansenisms on the record.

  2. Latitude says:

    why is it, every time I read that the first thing in my head is………

    …….drama queen

  3. Anything is possible says:

    How can there be more traffic, when the highway is supposed to be under water?

    Did Hansen think the NYPD was going to have a fleet of submarines. (:-

  4. MikeTheDenier says:

    The dangerous times the world is now in

    Videos & Comment from Piers Corbyn on Looming Nuke, weather extreme and further earthquake disasters.

    http://www.weatheraction.com/displayarticle.asp?a=326&c=5

  5. suyts says:

    Now, now, Reiss has said, he didn’t have his notes with him during this interview, so, the precise quote would be something like……
    “is anything going to look different down there in 20 yearsin 40 years if atmospheric carbon dioxide has doubled?ā€………

    Now, say that out loud several times and make it sound natural, like a normal conversation during an apparent bonding interview.

  6. omnologos says:

    it’s actually just like fusion power,always a few decades in the future

    that’s the meaning of believing EVERYTHING. New York will forever be half-submerged 20 years hence

  7. Sparks says:

    It’s not like he’s drowning cute Labrador puppys in his spare time. Or is it? (google search) Nope! he does NOT drown drown cute Labrador puppys in his spare time!

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