Friday, May 9, 2008

Whoops!

An alert Washington, DC resident, John Lockwood, was doing some research in the Library of Congress. He ran across an old Washington Post story dated July 9, 1971 which described a climate prediction issued under NASA auspices by a Columbia University scientist, S.I. Rasool. His prediction was for a man-made Ice Age within 5 to 10 years, supposedly caused by the dust released into the atmosphere by the combustion of fossil fuels. The basis of his prediction? Computer modeling, aided by a program written by then-Research Associate Dr. James Hansen.

Yep – the very same James Hansen who now heads NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and has become the High Priest in Prelate Al Gore's Church of Global Warming.

According to the Washington Post story, the scientists making the frigid prediction were asked about the coutervailing influence of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during combustion. The result? "They found no need to worry about the carbon dioxide fuel-burning puts in the atmosphere."

The existence of this rather incriminating news story was reported in the Washington Times and picked up by LiveLeak.com. You can read the whole thing here: Global Warming Guru Bitten By His Own Words.

According to the article,

Hansen has some explaining to do. The public deserves to know how he was converted from an apparent believer in a coming ice age who had no worries about greenhouse gas emissions to a global warming fear monger.

Yes, I'd say he does, indeed. Was he lying then, is he lying now, or both?

1 comment:

  1. "Was he lying then, is he lying now, or both?"

    Neither. He has just learnt something new since 1971, while the deniers still are the same as 1971. Actually there hasn't been much anthropogenic global warming before the late 70s, so what's your point really?

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