On CSPAN they were running a tape of a Hansen presentation at The Commonwealth Club. I gritted my teeth and watched it.
First off, the Commonwealth Club is known for getting ‘Name’ speakers. Members can buy tickets and attend events and often you get to hear and meet folks you otherwise would never find yourself near. In a very long gone time, they had a reputation for presenting speakers from all sorts of topics, and in a relatively non-partisan way. It was very clear from this “show” that they are no longer that way. It was largely a lot of self congratulatory mutual admiration for movers of the “Climate Change” world.
Michal Mann was there. As were a few others. Even Governor Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown was asked to say a few words at the end. He of “Cap and Tax” will bring business back to California fame… Just to give you an idea how things went, Hansen had denigrated “Cap and Trade” in California as ineffectual and not nearly enough. Gov. Moonbeam said we were “In the lead” or something like that, but then added that “as you have heard, being in the lead isn’t good enough”.
James Hansen: The Stephen Schneider Award (Gold Room Seating)
Tue, Dec 4 2012 – 5:00pm
James Hansen: The Stephen Schneider Award – Gold Room seating
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Part 1: Political Science
Michael Mann, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State; Author, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
Katharine Hayhoe, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas Tech University
Terry Root, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
How did climate science become so politicized? Just a few years ago, Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham were among conservatives who accepted the basic physics of heat trapping gases and the need to decouple carbon pollution from economic growth. Today, many candidates claim the science is unsettled and scientists are the targets of smear campaigns.
Time: 4:30 p.m. check-in, 5-6 p.m. program
So here you can see that it’s a past event (they are, but the time they are on C-Span). It was a ‘sell out’. They did have the good sense to put Mr. Michael Mann under the heading of “Political Science”… though it was unclear if they were using “political” as a noun or an adjective…
They are confused about how “Climate Science” became political. Perhaps one ought to point them at the UN Charter for the IPCC, the Agenda 21 goal of politicizing it all (and more), and Climategate. As they are the ones who were doing politicized climate research “for effect”, they are better positioned than most to explain why they politicized it.
Also note that attempting to show these rubes where they have got things horribly mucked up, and committed a variety of misrepresentations, and what sure looks like collusion to commit fraud; that is called a ‘smear campaign’. I refer them again to the Climategate emails…
The Commonwealth Club banner, at the top of their page says:
“The leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation”
Impartial? Pardon me? There was not a single skeptical view presented in the whole evening. It was excepted de facto that Global Warming was real and certain. The only discussion was about how best to get the message out to avoid the horrors that were otherwise certain.
Hansen, in particular, frequently talked about the legal organization with which he is now affiliated, that has the express purpose of suing people and agencies to get them to do what he wants. In particular, he was quite happy with the notion, that he put forward, that they ought to sue The Koch Brothers and others like them who funded skeptical communications for “Crimes Against Humanity”. (To which, the audience gave rousing applause…) Got that? “impartial” means “sue anyone who thinks you are wrong and wants to present a skeptical communications venue” for “crimes against humanity”…
The Hansen portion of the agenda:
Part 2: James Hansen: The Stephen Schneider Climate Science Communication Award
James Hansen, Head, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Author, Storms of My Grandchildren
NASA climatologist Hansen has grown increasingly concerned about the risks of climatic tipping points, which could bring catastrophic consequences. His recent research also is identifying human fingerprints on specific instances of extreme weather, putting him out in front of many of his peers. There is a yawning gap between what scientists understand and what the public knows. Hansen is the recipient of the 2012 Stephen Schneider Award for Climate Science Communication, a $10,000 award in memory of the late great Stanford climate scientist and former member of the Climate One Advisory Council. At the end of the program, climate scientist Ben Santer will present Hansen with the award for his achievements.
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. program
Location: SF Club Office
Cost: Gold Room seating: $15 standard, $10 members, $5 students (with valid ID).
Here we get to see Ben Santer giving a mutual admiration society award to Hansen. The “Stephen Schneider” award (who Hansen was happy to talk about at some length. They having worked together from early in their carriers.
We were treated to his personal story of being on his farm in Pennsylvania when Normal Storm Sandy (there was nothing “super” about it… IMHO) hit. He, of course, considered it absolutely due to CO2. He lost power and had a couple of trees blow over. (Oh, the horrors!)
Mostly what Hansen was going on about was the notion that at 450 ppm CO2, we’re all doomed. Nothing can be done then. We can’t, just can’t, burn all the fossil fuels without being back in an Eemian like status with the oceans 200 feet higher. His only answer, and one he kept repeating, even during the Q&A was “A price on carbon”. That’s the only thing that will work, per him. Someone needs to explain to him what “price inelastic demand” means. Gasoline at $8 / gallon in Europe doesn’t stop them from using gasoline… At any rate, having played “climate scientist” for all these years, now he’s playing economist (but not doing it very well).
One of the things that was pretty clear was that these folks are in a bubble. Giving each other self congratulatory awards. Preferential association with only other true believers. Verbal queues indicate the ostracism of any dissenter. A willingness to to assert that to disagree is to commit a “Crime Against Humanity”. And a strong desire to sue folks who do not agree. (Hansen was particular fond of his having “Sued the Government to get it to do it’s job”. A definite “power trip” POV. Also very much a messiah complex mixed with a load of fear and doom for the future. One subtext (an audience question) was that somehow we must all be persuaded to consume less. (Hansen’s answer was “a price on carbon”…) In their world, nobody gets much from the store, but you pay a very high price for what you do get. That this is called “poverty” seems to not sink in.
So watch for a plethora of law suits from Hansen And Company to stop evil deniers (he used ‘deny’ and ‘denial’ several times) from communicating their “Crimes Against Humanity”.
It’s clear that Hansen and Mann and others have ‘moved on’ from ‘the science’ to marketing and propaganda. Hansen’s award being for “communications” and Mann being about political science…
The only really good thing out of the evening was realizing that they had run into a fair number of folks who didn’t buy their story any more. Though not yet enough.
So there is still a long ways to go, and a lot to do. There is a large, pervasive, and highly integrated machine on ‘the other side’, funded by the Government Cookie Jar, and entrenched in schools. As much as I don’t like the present cold (and it is cold), I think we’re going to need a series of long cold winters to get these folks flushed from the public mind. It will likely take a generation of kids growing up in the cold to replace them in all the organizations, NGOs, and Government Troughs they’ve filled.
They are not interested in hearing the skeptical side of the debate at all. In fact, they want to sue to shut it down.
I’m reminded of Akmed, the Dead Terrorist and his “Silence! I kill you!”. Only now it’s “Silence! I sue you!”