I really do sometimes feel like a court jester

According to political hack posing as scientist James Hansen, I am not only a “Court Jester”, I am also a “Captain of Industry”. This from Hansen’s email to Slashdot:

The real deal is this: the ‘royalty’ controlling the court, the ones with the power, the ones with the ability to make a difference, with the ability to change our course, the ones who will live in infamy if we pass the tipping points, are the captains of industry, CEOs in fossil fuel companies such as EXXON/Mobil, automobile manufacturers, utilities, all of the leaders who have placed short-term profit above the fate of the planet and the well-being of our children. The court jesters are their jesters, occasionally paid for services, and more substantively supported by the captains’ disinformation campaigns.

Court jesters serve as a distraction, a distraction from usufruct. Usufruct is the matter that the captains wish to deny, the matter that they do not want their children to know about. They realize that if there is no ‘gorilla’, then usufruct is not an important issue for them. So, with the help of jesters, they deny the existence of the gorilla. There is no danger of melting the Arctic, of destabilizing the West Antarctic ice sheet, of increasing hydrologic extremes, more droughts and stronger forest fires on one hand and heavier downpours and floods on the other, threats to the fresh water supplies of huge numbers of people in different parts of the globe. “Whew! It is lucky that, as our jesters show, these are just imaginary concerns. We captains of industry can continue with business-as-usual, we do not need to face the tough problem of how to maintain profits without destroying our legacy in our children’s eyes.”

Hansen is obviouslly a bit sensitive about bloggers pointing out (like I did here) that NASA had to fix a bug in thier data and as a result 1998 is no longer the warmest year on record in the US, 1934 is. Hansen correctly points out that the whole “warmest year” thing is silly because they are statistically the same temperature.

I couldn’t agree more with that point. The only problem is that when NASA and others previously announced that 1998 was the warmest year on record (with the old broken data) I just don’t remember that same qualifications being made.

This sort of shout from the rooftops and then whisper a correction gives the whole game away. Hansen knows it, which is why he is making such ad hominem attacks.

That’s not to say I think that earth has not warmed during the past century. There does appear to have been some warming. What I am skeptical of is that this warming is being driven by man-made CO2 emmissions. I am not denying it’s possible, I just don’t believe the evidence is compelling.

The evidence that James Hansen is a political hack does seem to be pretty clear cut.

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