James E. Hansen: The "Bernie Madoff" of Climate Science?
The release of emails going back at least to 1996 that affirm the charge of "fraud" levied against so-called "global warming" due to human activity raises questions about the man who has led the charge for this fraud during the past 25 years.
James E. Hansen, NASA astrophysicist, has been sounding a shrill alarm in the U.S. Congress for more then twenty years, claiming that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2, a trace atmospheric greenhouse gas) is responsible for the slight warming during the last several decades of the 20th century and projecting that that warming will skyrocket into future catastrophe!
For almost as long, level-headed scientists whose careers have been spent measuring and studying weather, climate, and climate history have been skeptical of Hansen's doomsday theories supported only by dubious computer simulations of climate driven by faulty assumptions and a paucity of data. For just as long, those skeptics -- or, more accurately, deniers of the "global warming" fiction trumpeted by Hansen and his political puppet, Al Gore -- have been shouting a collective "wait just a minute!"
The international press corps has ignored the pleas of those scientists who recognized from the beginning the flaws in the Hansen theory that rendered the catastrophic scenarios completely implausible. There are very good, sound, fundamental principles of atmospheric physics that refute what has become known as the "anthropogenic global warming" (AGW) theory. You can read about some of them in an article by respected meteorologist Joseph D'Aleo, 12 Facts about Global Climate Change that You Won't Read in the Popular Press. For current videos on climate change, important research papers, topical websites, books on climate change and much more about this grand fraud, turn to WEBCommentary's Climate Change page.
Bernie Madoff became a household word when it was learned that he had bilked private investors out of more than $60 billion in a Ponzi scheme fraud that dated back to the 1980s. Madoff, former Chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange, sold his Ponzi scheme to gullible investors by fabricating data that falsified projections of large gains that were to be made. In reality, Madoff was engaged in the classic Ponzi scheme of robbing Peter to pay Paul!
At the same time, James E. Hansen was using untested theories concocted in the absence of any serious natural climate history context and deliberately skewed to create the appearance of a rapid increase in global temperatures during the last few decades of the 20th century. Compared with a host of experts trained in atmospheric physics, meteorology, and climatology, Hansen was ill-suited to investigating climate change. From the very start, his theory that humans were responsible for the slight late-20th century warming rested on a perverted view of what is referred to as "the greenhouse effect." Hansen's scheme was apparently designed to bring billions in funding to NASA, an organization whose mission in space lost its glory with the end of manned moon exploration in 1972.
Hansen's scare tactics were grossly exaggerated to the U.S. Congress in a plea for billions in funding for global warming research. The success of Hansen's fraudulent scheme to bring funding to NASA and build his personal empire is now a matter of record. NASA alone has averaged more than $1 billion each year since 1995 for climate research -- all based on the fraudulent theory espoused by Hansen and promoted by other insider scientists whose primary objective was to create a need for their "research" into the impact of human activity on climate. The level of scientific corruption and collusion in promoting this fraud is now readily apparent from the email traffic revealed as a consequence of the recent compromising of the UK's Climate Research Unit (CRU) computers.
The information contained in material unofficially liberated from the CRU's computers is devastating to the "global warming" cabal of scientists who have systematically denied reality, cooked the data, assumed key roles in professional societies and on editorial boards of scientific publications, and engaged in circular "peer review" that assured the fraudulent "science" was given prominence and guaranteed that any real scientific works that refuted the AGW theory were denied publication and prominence.
If Bernie Madoff has engaged in criminal acts by engaging in investment fraud that bilked private investors out of more than $60 billion, then why isn't James E. Hansen even more guilty by engaging in a conspiracy to systematically lie to the U.S. Congress, deceive the American public, and bilk taxpayers out of well more than $50 billion in total U.S. climate research funding based on false pretenses over the past three decades?
It is time to put a stop, now and forever, to this fraud that claims a miniscule human impact on a trace atmospheric warming element could create a climate disaster. The AGW theory has been shown to be completely without merit on many fronts, both scientific and in the observed record. It is time to bury this nonsense, scrap "Cap and Trade" and any other scheme designed to limit perfectly harmless human emissions of "greenhouse" gases that have not even produced a detectible impact on climate.
This fraud has permeated the U.S. public school system so that today we have children living in fear of fictional climate catastrophe -- all because dishonorable people have sought personal power and financial gain at the expense of climate science and the truth. Such fraud cannot and should not go without severe punishment to set the proper example so that such perversion of science never occurs again.
Contact your House and Senate members today and tell them you are deeply disturbed by these revelations that have permanently tarnished the reputations of NASA, NCDC, Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University and duped political supporters of Cap & Trade and the fraudulent theory of human-caused global warming. Do not ask, but demand a complete and thorough investigation by unbiased scientists and federal investigators similar to those who investigated and revealed the deeply disturbing scientific malpractice upon which Michael Mann's "Hockey Stick" curve was based.
Author of "Looking Out the Window", an evidence-based examination of the "climate change" issue, Bob Webster, is a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s). He is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.