Re: [asa] Hansen December 2005 Timeline Reconstruction

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Sun Mar 25 2007 - 22:54:31 EDT

At 09:56 PM 3/25/2007, Rich Blinne wrote:
>Earlier in Hansen's career he attempted to do the same and identify
>any policy recommendations as his personal opinion. Starting with
>the GHWB administration that option was removed from him.

@ He made his bed. Let him sleep in it.

During the hearing, Hansen invoked the names of America's Founding
Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, as he
continued his assault on the B... administration. "Franklin,
Jefferson and the other revolutionaries must be distraught by recent
tendencies in America, specifically increasing power of special
interests in our government, concerted efforts to deceive the public,
and arbitrary actions of government executives that arise from
increasing concentration of authority in a unitary executive, in
defiance of the aims of our Constitution's framers. These tendencies
have dramatic impact on the global warming story," Hansen said. In
claimed there was no more than 10 years left before warming would
result in environmental disaster. "I think we have a very brief
window of opportunity to deal with climate change ... no longer than
a decade, at the most," he said.


Enron-Type Accounting Used to Calculate "Carbon Offsets" 20 Feb 07

The carbon offset industry is using the same sort of 'future value
accounting' that caused the collapse of energy giant Enron,
to a watchdog group.

When companies like Climate Care and the Carbon Neutral Company sell
the public carbon offsets, carbon savings expected to be made in the
future are counted as savings made in the present. This is the same
technique used by Enron to inflate its profits with such disastrous

The alarmists are doing a good job of making sure people forget that
one of their biggest corporate donors was Enron.

February 6, 2002 Why Enron Wants Global Warming

  "...a 1998 letter, signed by Enron's then-CEO Ken Lay (and a few
other bigwigs), asking President Cl*nton, in essence, to harm the
reputations and credibility of scientists who argued that global
warming was an overblown issue.

Apparently they were standing in Enron's way.

The letter, dated Sept. 1, asked the president to shut off the public
scientific debate on global warming, which continues to this date.

In particular, it requested Clinton to "moderate the political
aspects" of this discussion by appointing a bipartisan "Blue Ribbon

The purpose of this commission was clear: high-level trashing of
dissident scientists.

Setting up a panel to do this is simple -- just look at the latest
issue of Scientific American, where four attack dogs were called out
to chew up poor Bjorn Lomborg. He had the audacity to publish a book
demonstrating global warming is overblown.

Because of the arcane nature of science, it's easy to trash
scientists. Imagine a 1940 congressional hearing to discredit
Einstein. "This man actually believes the faster you drive, the
slower your watch runs. Mr. Einstein, then why weren't you here
yesterday?" The public, listening on radio, immediately concludes
this Princeton weirdo is just another academic egghead. End of reputation.

The proposed commission was billed as an "educational effort" that
would lead to "subsequent policy actions," which the letter itself
recommended. These included a directive to "establish the rules for
crediting early, voluntary emissions reductions [of carbon dioxide]."

  And who was going to sell these credits? Enron, of course.

But what about Kyoto itself, which Enron knew would never be ratified
by the required 67 senators? In 1998, Kyoto enjoyed the support of
about 12 senators.

"We urge the Kyoto Protocol not be submitted to the Senate in the
near future, where pre-emptive rejection would remove the U.S. from a
political leadership role," said Lay's letter. In other words, Lay
wanted to derail the normal democratic process of having our elected
officials vote on a treaty, so that Enron could prosper.

While that was happening, Enron commissioned its own internal study
of global warming science. It turned out to be largely in agreement
with the same scientists Enron was trying to shut up.

After considering all of the inconsistencies in climate science, the
report concluded: "[T]he very real possibility that the great climate
alarm could be a false alarm. The anthropogenic warming could well be
less than thought and favorably distributed."

One of Enron's major consultants in that study was NASA scientist
James Hansen, who started the whole global warming mess in __1988__
with his bombastic congressional testimony.

Last month, he published a paper in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences predicting exactly the same, inconsequential
amount of warming in the next 50 years as the scientists that Enron
wanted to gag. They were a decade ahead of NASA.

True to its plan, Enron never made its own findings public,
self-censoring them while it pleaded with the new B... administration
for a cap on carbon dioxide emissions that it could broker. That
pleading continues today -- the remnant-Enron still views global
warming regulation as the straw that will raise it from its corporate
oblivion. ~ Patrick J. Michaels February 6, 2002 Why Enron Wants
Global Warming


NASA Extinguishes Global-Warming Fire

~ Janice

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