NASA global warming faggit to sue US gubment

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  1. zhukov

    zhukov Time traveler Gold

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    Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!


    NASA’s James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a controversial and highly vocal voice of alarm about the planet’s changing climate, will retire as the director of the space institute, NASA announced Tuesday -- and plans to immediately sue his former employer.
    'It was becoming clear that there were people in NASA who would be much happier if the sideshow would exit.'​
    - James Hansen



    Hansen will step down from his $180,000 a year position to join a number of lawsuits challenging the federal and state governments for their failure to police industry over man’s effect on the climate, the New York Times reported.


    Hansen was clearly aware of the irony.
    “As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,†he told the Times.


    Hansen is a central figure in the battle against climate change; on Feb. 13, he was arrested alongside of actress Daryl Hannah, activist Bill McKibben and a small group of activists protesting the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
    That was at least the fourth arrest for the climate scientist -- and his high profile was raising eyebrows at NASA headquarters.


    Several climate blogs skeptical of the theory that man’s actions are harming the planet literally rejoiced at the news.
    “Celebrate! It’s a happy day for science!†wrote Marc Morano, editor of the widely read ClimateDepot.com blog. “NASA and science deserved much better than James Hansen.â€


    Peter Hildebrand, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will serve as interim director until a new director is selected through a competitive process, NASA said. His colleagues offered a far different characterization of the career of the longest serving director in the institute’s history.


    “Jim Hansen has demonstrated the spirit of an American pioneer. He has pushed forward the frontier of our knowledge of Earth’s climate system and of the impacts that humanity is having on Earth’s climate,†said Nicholas E. White, director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at Goddard.
    Hansen is likely to work out of a converted barn on his farm in Pennsylvania, although he has not ruled out setting up a small institute of his own.



     
  2. Mark Mayonnaise

    Mark Mayonnaise You look like a tree! VIP

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    tl;dr
     
  3. Capn Crud

    Capn Crud The Pride of Cucamonga VIP Gold

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    Meh
     
  4. stripes

    stripes Active Member Banned User

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    china & the rest of the world gets another chuckle at our expense
     
  5. StormCloud

    StormCloud Well-Known Member VIP

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    It will be interesting to see how this progresses. Some things I never thought the American public would ever buy into have become commonplace now. The only problem with this is that it will involve some personal sacrifices and additional costs to everyone. Selling ideas to the public is much easier if someone else has to pay for them.