EDITORS NOTE: This is a really, really really long article that gives a detailed history of the events leading up to Dr. James Hansen's Testimony before Congress in 1988 and then it it goes into excruciating detail about how The United States dragged it’s feet, and didn’t just blindly follow the “science” and surrender to a central globalist government.
In my opinion the most interesting part of the article is the “Epilogue” where the author reveals his “fears” and is frustrated how society fails to “address them”. The author reveals that this is really about achieving political goals with this quote We know that the transformations of our planet, which will come gradually and suddenly, will reconfigure the political world order. We know that if we don’t act to reduce emissions, we risk the collapse of civilization. He goes on to reveal the motivations are fear based by saying Like most human questions, the carbon-dioxide question will come down to fear. At some point, the fears of young people will overwhelm the fears of the old. Some time after that, the young will amass enough power to act. It will be too late to avoid some catastrophes, but perhaps not others. He speaks to Dr Hansen who says the only way to solve the problem is with negative carbon emissions Hansen’s most recent paper, published last year, announced that Earth is now as warm as it was before the last ice age, 115,000 years ago, when the seas were more than six meters higher than they are today. He and his team have concluded that the only way to avoid dangerous levels of warming is to bend the emissions arc below the x-axis. We must, in other words, find our way to ‘negative emissions,’ extracting more carbon dioxide from the air than we contribute to it, the fact that it’s impossible to achieve this in a modern industrialized world is irrelevant. Lastly they state that even if we follow the most aggressive plan, it’s not going to change anything Where there have been inaccuracies, they have tended to be in the direction of understatement. Caldeira and a colleague recently published a paper in Nature finding that the world is warming more quickly than most climate models predict. The toughest emissions reductions now being proposed, even by the most committed nations, will probably fail to achieve ‘any given global temperature stabilization target. Which begs the question why is anyone claiming they are trying to fix climate change at all?