Climate Schmimate Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk
The debate has been intensifying because Earth is warming much faster than some researchers had predicted. James E. Hansen, who directs NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, last week confirmed that 2005 was the warmest year on record, surpassing 1998. Earth's average temperature has risen nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past 30 years, he noted, and another increase of about 4 degrees over the next century would "imply changes that constitute
practically a different planet."
"It's not something you can adapt to," Hansen said in an interview. "We can't let it go on another 10 years like this. We've got to do something."
But meanwhile, the Bush ass-ministration is trying to silence the Director of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, because he is trying to warn us all that Bush's policies in this regard are insufficient.
James Hansen, director of the US space agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his forthcoming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard website and requests for media interviews, the New York Times reported Sunday.
"They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," said Hansen, who told the paper he would ignore the restrictions.
That's right, Jimmy. Don't you dare contradict King George. You'll get your ears pinned back.