Global warming deniers and conservative politicians have fallen into a frenzy after Dr. James Hansen recorded a video in support of the upcoming Capitol Climate Action, a well-coordinated act civil disobedience coming up this Monday.
“If he wants to have a demonstration concerning global warming, coming to the Capitol is not a right choice,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA. “The bottom line is if Hansen wants to protest global warming, he should go to the National Cathedral and take it up with God rather than going to Capitol Hill.”
But NASA is defending Hansen’s right as a private citizen to engage in the campaign.
“He’s doing this as a private citizen on his own time and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said NASA spokesman Mark Hess. “There’s nothing partisan here. You don’t give up your rights to free speech by becoming a government employee.”