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Lysenkoism and James Hansen by Professor Bob Carter March 3, 2010

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Lysenkoism and James Hansen

By Professor Bob Carter
Quadrant Online, March 3, 2010

Is Hansenism more dangerous than Lysenkoism?

On June 23, 1988, a young and previously unknown NASA computer modeller, James Hansen, appeared before a United States Congressional hearing on climate change. On that occasion, Dr. Hansen used a graph to convince his listeners that late 20th century warming was taking place at an accelerated rate, which, it being a scorching summer’s day in Washington, a glance out of the window appeared to confirm.

He wrote later in justification, in the Washington Post (February 11, 1989), that “the evidence for an increasing greenhouse effect is now sufficiently strong that it would have been irresponsible if I had not attempted to alert political leaders”.

Hansen’s testimony was taken up as a lead news story, and within days the great majority of the American public believed that a climate apocalypse was at hand, and the global warming hare was off and running. Thereby, Dr. Hansen became transformed into the climate media star who is shortly going to wow the ingenues in the Adelaide Festival audience.

Fifteen years later, in the Scientific American in March, 2004, Hansen came to write that “Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue. Now, however, the need is for demonstrably objective climate forcing scenarios consistent with what is realistic”.

This conversion to honesty came too late, however, for in the intervening years thousands of other climate scientists had meanwhile climbed onto the Hansenist funding gravy-train. Currently, global warming alarmism is fuelled by an estimated worldwide expenditure on related research and greenhouse bureaucracy of more than US$10 billion annually.

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1. gallopingcamel - March 5, 2010

Governments around the world control research more than ever before. They choose the winners and losers before the start of the race by deciding which projects will be funded and which will not. This “Soft Lysenkoism” is much more dangerous than the hard kind that ruined agriculture in the Soviet Union under Stalin.

Thank you Bob Carter, for calling out James Hansen. Hansen made some kind of sense when he was modelling the climate on Venus where the atmosphere is 97% CO2 but he lost touch with reality when he claimed that CO2 (0.038% of our atmosphere) is a primary driver for global temperatures.

2. Dave99 - June 7, 2010

Gallopingcamel wrote, “Hansen made some kind of sense when he was modelling the climate on Venus where the atmosphere is 97% CO2”. This is wrong. Take a look at:
http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs/1967/1967_Hansen_Matsushima.pdf
“”THE ATMOSPHERE AND SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF VENUS , A DUST INSULATION MODEL”. Carl Sagan noted the calculations of the CO2 greenhouse effect could not explain the surface temperature on Venus. In his Ph.D. research Hansen offered instead “a dust insulation model”. Hansen incorrectly thought the surface pressure of Venus was less than 20 bar. Hansen’s thinking has always been muddy, contradictory and wrong. Hansen is an example of how self promotion can overcome the limitation of intellectual mediocracy.


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