Wait; I mean Global Warming Alert !
Wait! I mean...whatever is politically expediant and will generate the most attention at the current moment Alert !
Did NASA scientist James Hansen, the global warming alarmist in chief, once believe we were headed for... an ice age? An old Washington Post story indicates he did.
On July 9, 1971, the Post published a story headlined "U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming." It told of a prediction by NASA and Columbia University scientist S.I. Rasool. The culprit: man's use of fossil fuels.
The Post reported that Rasool, writing in Science, argued that in "the next 50 years" fine dust that humans discharge into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel will screen out so much of the sun's rays that the Earth's average temperature could fall by six degrees.
Sustained emissions over five to 10 years, Rasool claimed, "could be sufficient to trigger an ice age."
Aiding Rasool's research, the Post reported, was a "computer program developed by Dr. James Hansen," who was, according to his resume, a Columbia University research associate at the time.
....Hansen has some explaining to do. The public deserves to know how he was converted from an apparent believer in a coming ice age who had no worries about greenhouse gas emissions to a global warming fear monger.
This is a man....who has called those skeptical of his global warming theory "court jesters." We wonder: What choice words did he have for those who were skeptical of the ice age theory in 1971?
All we have heard from the left for the past eight years was that the Republicans were "politicizing science". Wouldn't it be ironic if it turns out that the ones bending scientific data for short-term fame and publicity were actually...scientists themselves?
We have always held up "men of science" as those whose actions were dictated by the purest of motivations - facts. How sad (and dangerous) to find out they are nothing more than a bunch of nerdy lab-coat wearing Britney Spears wanna-be's....
You know what? Like journalism, the sciences are another profession that had better get its house in order rapidamente, or else they will suffer the same accusations, and loss of prestige, as their ink-stained bretheran. And like the loss of media objectivity, a tainted scientific community will be a tremendous blow to the nation at large, and can endanger its very existence...