NASA's 8 year, $273,000,000 greenhouse gas satellite crashed back to earth after failing to separate from its launch rocket and make orbit, but that hasn't crashed NASA's enthusiasm for promoting guesswork and conjecture as "science" about the cause of global warming.
Dr James E. Hansen, long-time head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York is speaking out about what he claims is the "main cause of global warming" -- coal. "The science is very clear on that ..." he states. He goes further to urge civil disobedience on March 2nd at the coal fired power plant in Washington D.C.
Even if we pretend for a minute that global warming is caused by the release of Carbon from burning fossil fuels, coal burning power plants only account for 37.2% of the United State's output of CO2. Considering the US isn't the only carbon emitter on the planet, his claim that coal burning power plants are the "main cause of global warming" sounds kinda ridiculous.
The truth is the debate about Global Warming is still ongoing -- with many scientists doubting Global Warming is man-made since there is no evidence that an increase in CO2 from 0.025% to 0.035% would have any effect on climate. In fact, there is hard evidence (rather than guesswork and conjecture) the earth has been cooling each year since 2001.
It might be appropriate that Jensen is employed to study space, because there appears to be some of it between his ears. When Jensen says the science is clear, he's not kidding -- the world has been cooling for the last 8 years. Most climatologists and scientists agree there is a correlation between Earth's average temperature and sunspot activity, and they cite that as the reason for the recent cooling trend on Earth.
If that's the case, then the climate on Earth is controlled solely by the Sun's output, which is really the only thing that makes sense anyway. What I can't figure out is how this guy's been head of Space Studies and he doesn't know the difference between facts and conjecture. -CE