James Hansen Receives Stephen Schneider Science Communication Award

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James Hansen, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of the book, Storms of My Grandchildren, was presented with the annual Stephen Schneider Science Communication award this month, named for the Stanford University environmental scientist who advised seven U.S. Presidents on climate change. Hansen spoke Dec. 4 about climate science at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

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For more information on James Hansen, check out his Wikipedia page. He got famous for being censored by the Bush-Cheney administration from talking about global warming and climate change. He appeared on 60 Minutes and said that the George W. Bush White House edited climate-related press releases reported by federal agencies to make global warming seem less threatening and said he was unable to speak freely without the backlash of other government officials, and he said he had not experienced that level of restrictions on communicating with the public during his entire career.

He has one simple answer for beginning to deal with the effects of global warming and climate change: Place a tax on carbon usage. We agree.

Will the mainstream media in this country cover this without finding some oil industry shill and a tea party Republican or two to counter it? Don’t hold your breath.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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