James Hansen on Copenhagen Summit

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Renowned climate scientist James Hansen discusses his new book Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity and developments in Copenhagen.


James Hansen

Comments [26]

marty from Florida

I got it now. Global Cooling proves Global Warming. Hansen is a fraud. The oceans haven't warmed since 2003. There is no energy gain. The charade is up. All you believers better do some reading, because your are the idiot sheep.

Feb. 12 2010 03:27 PM
Maya from nyc

In response to one of your caller's questions, check out the carbon tax center as a good example of grassroots organizing and a resource of suggestions for further action.

Dec. 16 2009 03:55 PM
Christopher Henze from Cliffside Park, NJ

I really like NPR and WNYC. When I listen I hear an informed discussion of a topic and a balanced debate in search of truth.

Except during discussions about the environment and alternative energy. Today I heard Dr. Hansen refer to what I call the "shinny green" rationalization; we're going to move forward as a society, not change our lifestyle, and not overwhelm the earth's resources by moving to "alternative" energies such as wind, solar and some other wild and crazy ideas floating around Copenhagen. Not only are these not the truth, they are also assertions that will kill us all. You see, by keeping us unaware of the actual gravity of our situation we don't have the necessary conversations that will help us survive.

Here's a truth, there are no alternative energy solutions that exist now or are in the works that don't require a fossil fuels infrastructure to manufacture, utilize or maintain them. To put it another way, you cannot manufacture a wind turbine with the power it produces, there's not enough. Think about it and then ask the questions that statement provokes. With a truthful dialog my 2 year old daughter may have a chance to live to be my age.

I'm happy to talk with anyone who wants to know these truths, but not at parties, my wife says it's too depressing.

Dec. 16 2009 03:13 PM
Lee from Flushing

Thank you for bringing us Dr. Hansen. Is there any way to put his knowledge front and center to the mass audience still convinced that melting icecaps and receding glaciers worldwide don't mean climate change?

Dec. 16 2009 12:15 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

[16] Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Honestly, how many “Waterloo’s” can Obama have? You’ve named about 20 of them over the last several months. So far he has not lost to any that you have spoke of because after all a “Waterloo” would be the end of the road for him. Yet he’s still in office and none of your buddies have successfully assonated him.

How did you spend all your angry energy before Obama came on scene? Have you had your blood pressure checked lately? If not, hope you have health insurance....

How about posting some solutions to problems instead of angry solve nothing just trying to make the otherside mad "cut and pastes" from other people's angry blogs?

Dec. 16 2009 12:13 PM
superf88 from

Thanks david/10 for recommending this:

Among other things the video answers my first question (post #8) -- 350 ppbillion.

Dec. 16 2009 12:08 PM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Mike - thanks for the suggestion. I'm also getting HBO - it's a win win situation.

Amy - several of Obama's illegal shadow Gov’t of Tsars are on written and video record on wanting you to have only one child and are willing to enforce that at the point of a bayonet, like their idol Mao did.

Is that part of the hope or the change?

Dec. 16 2009 11:47 AM
Amy GArdiner from Croton on Hudson

Mike, you are right. There needs to be more said about practicing zero population growth (Couples having only 2 children to replace themselves). Last year Great Britain suggested it as a worthwhile practice, then I never heard about it again!

Brian, thank you for having Dr. Hansen on the show. We need to hear more good sense from intelligent professionals on what really needs to be done about the climate catastrophy we have caused.

Dec. 16 2009 11:37 AM
Phil Henshaw from NY

I asked Hansen about the efficiency multiplier of resource use, the well established principle that has been causing efficiency to cause significant increasing uses of the resource conserved. That's not discuss much, that the great majority of the kinds of efficiencies people think would reduce our impacts lead to increasing them...

He agreed it was a sound principle, but if you listened closely he then proposed that more efficiency would overcome its own growth stimulus effect.

I really admire his quite sensible approach to climate science, and his personal achievements, but he's really not thinking though the feedbacks of how the economic system would respond. You might look at:

Dec. 16 2009 11:36 AM
Mike from Inwood

[16] Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA: Try to stay on topic

[14] Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA:
Yes, there's an international conspiracy, headed at America's universities, to ruin the US economy. But if you just pull your tin-foil hat on tighter and redirect the antenna, the microwaves from the space ships will be unable to read your thoughts.

Dec. 16 2009 11:34 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA


Obama threatens to close the Strategic Air Command HQ in Nebraska to pressure Sen. Ben Nelson to vote for the Obama/Weiner Socialist health care plan (even as watered down).

This is the most important AFB in America.

Nelson is the last holdout to this watered down bill. He is against any federal money for abortions.

If Nelson wins, Obama has met his Waterloo.

If Obama closes the SAC base it is a high crime and misdemeanor of the highest order.

Dec. 16 2009 11:28 AM
Mike from Inwood

The 800 lbs gorilla in the room is Dr Hansen's grandchildren. The world population first reached a billion people just before the First World War. Now, China and India alone both have more than a billion people. Unless the world's human population is reduced, the world's environmental problems cannot be solved.

Dec. 16 2009 11:28 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Honestly, with every word, he is indicting himself.

Ask him about the missing data in the infamous "hockey stick" graph.

This guy wants to wreck our economy over a fraud.

Dec. 16 2009 11:24 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Liar, Liar pants on fire!!!

PS - what does the guest think about the simple solution for "global warming" proposed in the new book "More Freakanomics?" We can simply pump some gas into the upper atmosphere.

Dec. 16 2009 11:22 AM
Jeffrey from upper west side

What's to prevent people from taking the money they get from an energy surcharge and using it to simply pay for the higher cost of energy?

Dec. 16 2009 11:19 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

If only we could reduce the earth's population by say 90%, we could really reduce that “global warming.”

Those pesky humans with their breathing in and out and their need for food, shelter and transportation.


PS: So as the father of "global warming" he then is the father of the greatest fraud and hoax ever perpetrated on the people of this country and the world.

He needs to return all his grant money and then proceed (by foot) directly to jail.

Dec. 16 2009 11:18 AM
david from brooklyn

By the way, there's a great 10 minute video that summarizes concerns with emissions trading - The Story of Cap and Trade
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by Annie Leonard who created the acclaimed Story of Stuff.

Some have complained it's too simplistic in lambasting cap and trade, but books, reports, essays, dissertations, etc. have been written critical of emissions trading; I'd say this video is a nifty brief intro to the concerns about emissions trading, from which Enron had hoped to make billions of dollars.

Dec. 16 2009 11:13 AM
Alex from Brooklyn

OMG this man makes sense.
Better get him some security, he might get assasinated by some politician.

Dec. 16 2009 11:12 AM
superf88 from

1. How much CO2 is scientifically acceptable? (IE how are the cap and trade numbers determined?)

2. If you are a US polluter, and higher pollution levels are acceptable under Copenhagen/Kyoto in 3rd world countries, then why wouldn't the US polluter simply move production to the 3rd world country?

Actually, isn't that exactly what just happened?

Dec. 16 2009 11:11 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

what does mr.hansen think about an aggressive public works program in this country directed at the creation of high speed rail?

Dec. 16 2009 11:10 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Oh, did I forget to mention that "global warming" is a fraud?

Scientists like this guy are frauds.

It's merely a subterfuge to shift wealth and power from the first world to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th worlds.

Go on Brian, man up and ask him about the data left out of the infamous “hockey stick” graph.

The American people don't want cap & trade and $8/10/12 per gallon of gasoline.

Dec. 16 2009 11:10 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg ... I feel safer already.

US-China impasse: "You go first!" 'No, You go first!' "No, You go first!"

The big issue is that the US, the worst polluter of the past 60 years by an order of magnitude, will only agree to do anything once everyone else agrees to do what the US says.

The United States is the Joseph Lieberman of the Climate Change Conference.

Dec. 16 2009 11:04 AM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

Thirty-one thousand scientists have signed on against the global warming fraud, why no coverage of them?

The hacked docs from the university in England show that there has been a world wide conspiracy against contrary data against the global warming fraud, why no coverage of that?

I think that some of these scientists and other folks who have profited from this fraud will be going to jail (as well as losing tenure). Lol.

Dec. 16 2009 10:52 AM
david from brooklyn

Mr. Lehrer, just last week you had a guest Dale Bryk from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) speaking about the Copenhagen meeting. Ironically, today's guest James Hansen took part in a protest on Nov. 30th outside the New York headquarters of NRDC on account of NRDC's support of a carbon trading agenda. At this event, one activist was arrested for committing civil disobedience against NRDC. Would you please ask him about this matter? (At the below links, one finds more info about the protest).

Dec. 16 2009 10:32 AM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

Mr. Hansen is great. I've heard him before and he's fascinating. great guest.

Dec. 16 2009 09:05 AM
George from Bay Ridge

I think the climate conference should have been held in Venice. With much of the city on the water, climate change would be very deeply felt.

Dec. 16 2009 05:25 AM

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