NASA’s Top Scientist Issues A Dire Warning For The Year 2009

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OCT 23, 2001

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 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.”

When did he say this will happen?

Within 20 or 30 years. And remember we had this conversation in 1988 or 1989.

Stormy weather –


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9 Responses to NASA’s Top Scientist Issues A Dire Warning For The Year 2009

  1. MikeTheDenier says:

    FINALLY…something very good to share with everyone

    • kbray in california says:

      Mike ! Graphene is made of CARBON !!!
      That can’t possibly be of any benefit to the planet !
      Send them all to prision !

      Very good otherwise.

  2. Otter says:

    I took a look at the altitude of that bridge hansen mentions in the interview… I think the change in 25 years was about 1.5 inches total? (if that?). Which means 97% of his predicted increase needs to happen in the next 5 years.

  3. Haha, like Through The Looking Glass, “Climate Change yesterday, Climate Change tomorrow, but never Climate Change today!” God you’d think they’d get tired of hearing themselves yakking away the SOS all these years.

  4. Eric Simpson says:

    Oh, so he said Manhattan was going to be largely underwater by 2009. You got to know that he knew he was bullshitting, following the then recent 1989 advice of lead IPCC author Stephen Schneider: “We have to offer up [fabricated] scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective [lying] and being honest [ineffective].”
    So, to gain traction for his political view he was quick to put up the bullshit. He also said: “Chief executives of large fossil fuel companies [should] be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature.” -James Hansen
    Isn’t it obvious that Hansen has been knowingly piling on the deceptions? He wants oil company employees incarcerated or killed (yes we can infer that because for “high crimes against humanity” capital punishment is standard), but is the lying and conniving Hansen himself beyond reproach?

  5. tomwys says:

    C’mon folks! Jim Hansen is not “NASA’s Top Scientist,” and never was. He is a knowledgeable researcher working in a small branch of the Agency in pursuit of AGW evidence which (in the cherry picking process), he occasionally finds, publicizes, and receives ample rewards, honors, prizes, grants, etc., etc., for doing so.

    Now evidence is far from proof, and lawbreaking to highlight his position adds zero weight to the evidence. NASA’s real “top scientist” (at NASA HQ) is Dr. Waleed Abdalati, ex U of Colorado researcher who also delights in laying out the AGW case, but carefully claims “commonly considered” (by other researchers) as the source of his pronouncements and claims that NASA does NOT take a predictive position on climate.

  6. The only thing that Hansen has going right now is longevity – he’s been in charge of the NASA temperature records now since 1981 – that’s around 32 years.

    I’m reminded of the Peter Principle: The belief that, in an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, that organization’s members will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. The principle is commonly phrased, “Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence.”

    So here’s a scientist that has worked under several presidents, and has never been “elevated” to the highest job: senior advisor to the president.

    So when March 29 rolls around (his 72’nd birthday) he’ll see that there’s one man that presidents (past and current) see as the “go-to” guy – John Holdren.

    Holdren served as one of President Bill Clinton’s science advisors from 1994 to 2001. Eight years later, President Barack Obama nominated Holdren for his current positions (Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.)

    And for all that time, James Hansen headed a sub-division of a sub-division of NASA (GISS, part of the Goddard Space Flight Center, which is a part of NASA).

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