by Damozel | Dr. James Hansen [bio], who gave testimony before Congress today 20 years after his first presentation, has some sobering words for those who think concerns about the environment can wait while we sort out gas prices. The potential for harm that may result from failure to address these concerns is so overwhelming that many people still can't bring themselves to see itself as the gravest issue now confronting the world. The time when denial is still possible may not last long.
According to Dr. Hansen, we have now used up any slack we may have had. Prevention is --- 'barely' --- still possible. Emphasis on 'barely.'
[A] wide gap has developed between what is understood about global warming by the relevant scientific community and what is known by policymakers and the public. Now, as then, frank assessment of scientific data yields conclusions that are shocking to the body politic. Now, as then, I can assert that these conclusions have a certainty exceeding 99 percent. [continue]