A Little Perspective for NASA’s James Hansen
Deliberately withholding aid to hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims under your direct control probably constitutes a crime against humanity. What is going on in Darfur definitely constitutes a crime against humanity. A good case could be made that a “justice system” that prescribes the death penalty for sixty eight different crimes constitutes a crime against humanity.
The sale of a perfectly legal fuel product utilized under some of the most environmentally sensitive conditions in the world to markedly improve the quality of life of 301m people is decidedly not a crime against humanity.
Now that that’s cleared up, let’s turn to your proposal. At the risk of asking an awkward question: how would it work, carried to its natural conclusion? Fossil fuel executives “see the light” and fall on their swords. Oil spiggots are shut off in the United States and coal goes unmined. How do we get to work; create electricity, heat, AC; put food on the table …?
Here’s the deal. When the Magic Alternate Fuel Source is invented (how about by your agency?), we will all rejoice and embrace it. Until then, the empty “Just Say No to Oil” lectures, hyperbolic pronouncements and borderline hysterical predictions are less than helpful.