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Topic - Patrick J. Michaels
In the sweltering summer of 1988, a NASA scientist named James Hansen appeared before Congress to warn about the dangers of global warming, thus single-handedly kicking off the modern global-warming hysteria. "The Earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements," warned Mr. Hansen. "The global warming now is large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause-and-effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. ... Our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves."
Patrick J. Michaels' Tuesday column on NASA laboratory head James E. Hansen's anti-democracy rant about how the Chinese dictatorship can better fight climate change was revealing about the mindset of green fanatics in the United States ("China-style dictatorship of climatologists," Commentary). It also exposed Mr. Hansen's ignorance about actual Chinese policy. Beijing will pursue energy efficiency where it makes sense, but it has never accepted global warming as a constraint on economic growth.
As climate scientist Patrick J. Michaels wrote recently for Forbes.