An hour ago, the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming had a briefing by James Hansen, a climate scientist and the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, on the 20th anniversary of his Senate hearing where he said he was “’99 percent’ certain that humans were already warming the climate.” The NY Times reports that now, two decades later, the Climatologist renews his call for action.
Hansen planned briefing would state “it is almost, but not quite, too late to start defusing what he calls the ‘global warming time bomb.'” He planned to present “a plan for cuts in emissions and also a warning about the risks of further inaction.”
The Guardian reports he will tell the committee to Put oil firm chiefs on trial. He will “call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.”
Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading.
In an interview with the Guardian he said: “When you are in that kind of position, as the CEO of one the primary players who have been putting out misinformation even via organisations that affect what gets into school textbooks, then I think that’s a crime.”
He is also considering personally targeting members of Congress who have a poor track record on climate change in the coming November elections. He will campaign to have several of them unseated.
Congress will not like his ideas, but I do.
Spiegel Online reports German politicians want nukes out of Europe.
Following the release of confidential information from a US Air Force report claiming that US nuclear weapons in Europe are not properly taken care of, German politicians from across the political spectrum are calling for the weapons’ removal…
The information, included in an article published Thursday on the Web site of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), states that most nuclear weapons sites in Europe fail to meet US Department of Defense security standards and that several of the sites required “significant additional resources.” …
Although the number and location of nuclear weapons in Europe is not public knowledge, FAS estimates put their number at between 200 and 350 weapons stored in underground vaults at bases in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and at Büchel Air Base in southwestern Germany.
Stars and Stripes reported on Saturday, Air Force investigators: Most European bases with nukes lacking in security. “At some places, the duty of protecting nuclear weapons fell upon foreign conscripts with as little as nine months of military experience, the report said… Problems with nuclear safety at bases in Europe was unknown until Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists obtained a declassified version of the full report and posted it on his blog earlier this week.” Kristensen’s blog entry is here.
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