Archive for December 3rd, 2009

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Hansen Draws Daggers on Copenhagen

December 3, 2009

World-renowned climate denier James Hansen expresses his hope that Copenhagen fails. As noted in the article, he “disagrees violently” with Copenhagen.

Hear that? Violently. (!) Nothing will stop this dangerous man. To confuse matters, Hansen is now using a tool of the radical left: “no compromise.”

There’s no room for compromise, Hansen says.

“This is analogous to the issue of slavery faced by Abraham Lincoln or the issue of Nazism faced by Winston Churchill. On those kind of issues you cannot compromise. You can’t say let’s reduce slavery, let’s find a compromise and reduce it 50% or reduce it 40%.”

The climate change issue is, indeed, exactly like Nazism and slavery. Following this logic, Hansen supports a carbon tax… because, as we know, a carbon tax would reduce carbon emissions 100%.

Intent to bury Hansen’s unique blend of reactionary-radicalism, cynics in the media uncover yet another nefarious plot to sell books:

Whether or not Hansen’s call for the Copenhagen talks to fail is as effective as environmentalist George Monbiot’s recent call for another leading climate change researcher to step down, the timing of his outburst is not inconvenient: his first book, Storms of my Grandchildren, comes out next week.

File under: Media ass-clowns, inapt analogies, and one more reason that scientists ought not moonlight as ethicists.

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The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change

December 3, 2009

Keith Kloor points me in the direction of a post on DotEarth by John Lemons, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Science. It’s a nice post, so I’d like to repost it in full, apologies to professor Lemons. I’ll add a few of my own comments to confuse everyone…

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