Monday, June 23, 2008

Prosecuting oil companies?

This takes a bit of guts.

James Hansen: Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near on Global Warming

[Monday] I testified to Congress about global warming, 20 years after my June 23, 1988 testimony, which alerted the public that global warming was underway. There are striking similarities between then and now, but one big difference....

The difference is that now we have used up all slack in the schedule for actions needed to defuse the global warming time bomb. The next president and Congress must define a course next year in which the United States exerts leadership commensurate with our responsibility for the present dangerous situation....

CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature. If their campaigns continue and “succeed” in confusing the public, I anticipate testifying against relevant CEOs in future public trials.
Twenty years of near total inaction, lies, deceit, misrepresentation, distortions and denial about climate change.

Dr. Hansen was also the guy who blew the whistle in 2005 & 2006 on the Bush administration's attempts to squelch researchers and research that concluded global warming was caused by human activity.

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