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“To avoid passing tipping points, such as initiation of the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, we need to limit the climate forcing severely. It's still possible to do that, if we phase down carbon emissions rapidly, but that means moving expeditiously to clean energies of the future. ... Moving to tar sands, one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet, is a step in exactly the opposite direction, indicating either that governments don't understand the situation or that they just don't give a damn. ... People who care should draw the line.”—Scientific American interviewed NASA climatologist James Hansen, who has been warning about the dangers of climate change since 1988, about the proposed construction of the Keystone Pipeline XL to transport oil from Canadian tar sands to the United States. We’ll be talking about Keystone, and the president’s renewed interest in combating climate change, this weekend.
16 climate deniers gain an audience at the WSJ
16 scientists signed their names to a piece in the WSJ today which claimed that there is no scientific reason to decarbonize our economy and that climate change is not a public threat. Now, this is obviously another iteration of denialism. And it is disappointing that the WSJ continues to provide a platform for an excruciatingly small minority of the scientific community. It’s analogous to medical doctors denying the carcinogenic nature of cigarettes and then being given a platform within the media to spout such dangerous ideology. Very disappointing indeed. This minority of anti-climate scientists, who continue to find voice at the national level, will be judged very sternly by history. In 50-100 years, our society will look back at the people who willfully stalled the political process at such an important time. And they will be villified as the most sloppy and harmful scientists of their generation. Same thing for the obstructionistic, anti-science media and the political leaders they support.