Pioneer of climate alarm retires to fight fossil fuels

A pioneer of climate alarm has turned to full-time warfare against fossil energy. James Hansen has retired as director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies to press his signature agenda. “What we have to do is leave a stable climate,” he said in a video interview with the Sustainability Media Lab at Columbia University. Hansen has been at this since the summer of 1988, when he advised then-Sen. Al Gore in a notoriously climate-controlled Senate hearing that helped make global warming a ritual issue of environmentalism. He blames the energy industry for blocking action he sees as needed to avert climate doom. “They are making a lot of money off of fossil fuels,” Hansen said. “What...

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