Mar 18

From the YouTube notes:

At a protest against the coal-fired power plant that supplies the halls of Congress with electricity, world leading climatologist James Hansen explains why civil disobedience is now necessary to send a message to lawmakers everywhere.

An excerpt:

Interviewer: Are you here as an employee of NASA?

James Hansen: No! Of course not. I’m here, I’m on vacation today.

Interviewer: You’re here as a private citizen then?

Hansen: Yes, of course.

Interviewer: Some people are going to say, “But you’re James Hansen, you’re always, you’re always identified with NASA”, and they’re saying you’re splitting hairs.

Hansen: I’m also a Columbia University adjunct professor, I mean I, uh, haven’t given up my rights as a US citizen, and freedom of speech is one of them.

Interviewer: You said that you believe that the CEO’s of some of the fossil fuel companies knew, I’m quoting you, knew what they were doing and you believe they should be tried for, quote, high crimes against humanity and nature.

Hansen: Peabody Coal and Exxon Mobil have put a lot of money to misinforming the public.  I think that make them guilty of crimes, but the judge will have to decide that.

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3 Responses to “Video: James Hansen at Capitol Climate Action says (while snow falls) that government employees can engage in civil disobedience – if they are on vacation”

  1. […] It’s only March, so Hansen must have plenty of vacation time left for […]


  2. gofer says:

    Isn’t Hansen an astronomer? Where does he get expertise on climate and climate modeling. Astronomy is about as far away from the climate as one can get!


  3. […] will now (and have) called for Hansen to be fired from his post at NASA. As noted on our post of March 18, 2009, Hansen will offer up the lame excuse that he does his protesting while he’s on vacation. An […]


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