Climate Donkey

June 23, 2008

NASA Scientist wants Big Oil Sued

Filed under: Climate Change,Media and Climate — climatedonkey @ 2:42 am
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Oh dear, from the Guardian UK. James Hansen wants Big Oil sued. NASA Scientist wants oil firm chiefs sued.

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

This is all part of the launch of http://www.350.org, the website dedicated to reducing CO2 levels to 350 ppm.

Where did this 350 number come from?

Dr. James Hansen, of NASA, the United States’ space agency, has been researching global warming longer than just about anyone else. He was the first to publicly testify before the U.S. Congress, in June of 1988, that global warming was real. He and his colleagues have used both real-world observation, computer simulation, and mountains of data about ancient climates to calculate what constitutes dangerous quantities of carbon in the atmosphere. The Bush Administration has tried to keep Hansen and his team from speaking publicly, but their analysis has been widely praised by other scientists, and by experts like Nobel Prize winner Al Gore. The full text of James Hansen’s paper about 350 can be found here.

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