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Tag: James Hansen

OWS Protesters 'Milquetoast Radicals'? – A Rebuttal to NY Times' David Brooks Op-Ed

I seldom do opinion pieces, but sometimes, one opinion gets expressed – one amongst so many – that finally pushes me passed that proverbial tipping point. Case in (tipping) point, Tuesday’s op-ed by New York Times columnist David Brooks entitled ‘Milquetoast Radicals’ — a putative criticism of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Brooks’ main complaint – apart from the so far lack of a single coherent message (that presumably the media can then attack and dismiss) — is that protesters lack “big ideas”, offering only a litany of “small” complaints, thus offering only “small solutions.” As if it were the job of protesters to formulate economic policy for the country.

NASA's Top Climate Scientist: U.S. South Could Become Uninhabitable

Well, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to see this statement from NASA’s James Hansen, perhaps the top climate scientist in the world. But it’s a statement we seem to keep ignoring. Here’s the statement I’m referring to:

“Climate change — human-made global warming — is happening. It is already having noticeable impacts…. If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”

Threatening Climate Researchers Inhibits Scientific Discourse

In response to reports of personal attacks on climate scientists worldwide, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has published an open letter saying that such threats only serve to create a hostile environment that inhibits the free exchange of scientific findings, subsequently making it extremely difficult for scientific findings to be made available to policymakers and the public.

Help Stop Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline {TAKE ACTION}

11 veteran U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists (Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth) have jointly called for non-violent disobedience in front of our grand White House this summer to try to stop the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.