Friday, May 11, 2012

James Hansen on President Obama

James Hansen had an OpEd in the NYTimes a couple of days ago describing his reaction to a Rolling Stones interview with Obama.  Hansen's takes a notable political position that President Obama,
does not provide the leadership needed
Dr. James Hansen

For a public figure like Hansen, those there are fightin' words in an election year. Further, Hansen takes the position that the US should directly intervene with other nation's economic activity on the grounds that if it did not the outcome would be "apocalyptic."
President Obama has the power not only to deny tar sands oil additional access to Gulf Coast refining, which Canada desires in part for export markets, but also to encourage economic incentives to leave tar sands and other dirty fuels in the ground.
It can be argued in order to make his case, some poetic license was taken with the scientific literature.  Such is the standard fare in arguments about weather extremes.

Julian Brookes at the Rolling Stones reflects nicely on Hansen's political position taken in the OpEd.

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