James Hansen: Global Warming Scientist for Hire

Anyone familiar with the Global Warming propaganda machine knows who James Hansen is, and no he isn’t the creator of the Muppets, Jim Hansen, but given their obvious similarities such a mistake is easy to make. No, James Hansen has become the poster boy for Global Warming alarmism over the past few years because of his work at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) which is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For years we have heard just how pure his research in the area of Global Warming is because he is funded by the government and not by energy industry companies.

Well it has recently come to light via Investor’s Business Daily that James Hansen was not only funded by NASA, but that he had received up to $720,000 from George Soros’ Open Society Institute most likely under their “politicization of science” program. An irony under the circumstances to say the least. So here we find out that George Soros paid up to $720,000 to have James Hansen go out and publicly evangelize about Global Warming. I guess it is no surprise, then, that Hansen has gained so much notoriety of late and just why he has been such a vocal proponent of the whole Global Warming theme. Fame and fortune are powerful motivators to be sure.

James Hansen: Global Warming Scientist for Hire!

The Soros Threat To Democracy

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Democracy: George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire’s backing of what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency.

George Soros & MoveOn.org: Exclusive Series

How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely “NASA whistleblower” standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros’ Open Society Institute , which gave him “legal and media advice”?

That’s right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros’ flagship “philanthropy,” by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI’s “politicization of science” program.

That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly “censored” spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.

Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from his nightly news performances, in forcing NASA to change its media policies to his advantage. Had Hansen’s OSI-funding been known, the public might have viewed the whole production differently. The outcome could have been different.

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9 Comments on “James Hansen: Global Warming Scientist for Hire”

  1. skymutt says:

    Of course when you were confronted with the fact that a well-known global warming denier had taken money from the oil industry, you had this to say:

    None of this changes the truth and/oir validity of his scientific arguments one bit. If you want to object to the conclusions he reaches then dispute the science rather than engaging in personal destruction and slander.

    Looks like another of your double standards to me!

  2. goright says:

    You miss my point. I still believe what I said, the source of your funding doesn’t change the value of the verifiable claims that you bring to the table. I am merely echoing the claims of the alarmists to expose their double standard. That is, of course, unless the alarmists are now going to start similarly discounting Hansen’s findings as being false and tainted because of the support he received and where it originated.

    Where do you stand on that point now?

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify this.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I, among countless others world-wide am convinced of the reality of global climate change. What is alarming and depressing is that so many continue to write it off as some sort of conspiracy theory. Why? To what point?What will you gain? On the other hand, look at what we all stand to lose. Is it really worth gambling the planet?

  4. goright says:

    What we have to loose is world wide economic progress and a rising standard of living for the poor of the world. These are not trivial things.

    You, among countless others world-wide, have been duped by a self-serving propaganda machine. Is it worth gambling the planet? What a naive question. No one is gambling the planet because the doomsday visions of Al Gore and James Hansen are never going to materialize.

  5. Heidi says:

    I can’t understand why right wing-nuts like you are so opposed to the scientific fact of global warming. It’s happening. What’s in it for you to deny it? A few centuries ago, you’d be railing against gravity and calling Isaac Newton a liberal “physicist for hire.”
    BTW, please look up “liberal” in the dictionary. It’s not actually a bad thing. And while you’re using the dictionary, check out the difference between “lose” and “loose,” genius.

  6. Vince says:

    What is sad is that those who aren’t willing to make some minor sacrifices now to ensure that these potential problems don’t impact future generations won’t be around to see if the predictions come to pass or not. If I am wrong about global warming coming to pass, the impact of taking action will be negligible (assuming that we do this is a smart reasonable way) and beneficial in many other ways regardless of global warming. If we do nothing and the oceans rise 20 feet in the next hundred years, there will be mass global chaos and our children and/or grandchildren will be saying “What were you thinking?”

  7. […] should we skeptics fold up our tents and start sending fan letters to James Hansen?  No, no, no.  As always, never believe a Warmie claim without looking at the slime under the […]

  8. John Frederick says:

    James Hansen began his research on global warming 40 years ago. It has only been within the last 4 years or so that he has begun to receive awards from environmental groups that carry significant cash amounts. Are we to suppose that when he began his research in the early 1970s, he was motivated by anticipation of the money that he would be making in , say, 2007?

    In fact, he had reason to assume the opposite. When he began to publish his ideas, they were met with scepticism within the scientific community. Not rejection, exactly, but most scientists held him and his ideas at arm’s length while they examined the data. It could hardly have seemed that the path he was pursuing would lead to acclaim and wealth.

    He persisted because he could see a pattern in the swirl of data that scientists refer to as “noise”. The import of the pattern was disturbing, and he first tried to describe it to his scientific peers, and now is trying to explain it to the public.

    The difference between Hansen and the global waming deniers supported by Exxon and friends is that Hansen is a scientist who has done research that has withstood the scrutiny of his peers, while the deniers are public relations experts who have been hired to confuse the public.

    Hansen is now 70 years old. His important scientific work is accomplished. Let him be honored, even with cash. He has earned it and deserves it.

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