It seems that no other climate skeptic is paying any attention to James Hansen and his home page anymore. The guy has retired and he's irrelevant, the underlying assumption probably says.
Well, I sometimes follow the page because in some sense, I still consider him the most important single person of the climate alarmist movement. Al Gore has sold his soul to Arab oil sheikhs for hundreds of millions of dollars and well before he did so, his climate alarmist empire incredibly shrank by 80% or so.
Pachauri is widely viewed as a politically appointed engine driver of a sort who is perhaps OK at writing porn novels while Michaels Männer, Gavins Schmidten, Ben Santers, and similar folks must spend most of their time by pretending that they're not the scientific fraudsters that they are. While it's annoying that these people are harbored by places such as Penn State rather than the State Penn, there are millions of other people in the world who enjoy something that they shouldn't in an ideal world.
But if you're thinking about the kind of threat to the modern industrial capitalist civilization that the climate alarmism arguably represented several years ago and you want to keep this movement genuinely dangerous for the modern civilization as we know it, you need someone who isn't an obviously obsessed simple-minded activist, who isn't a mediocre researcher self-evidently fighting for his or her grants and manifestly obscuring his previous predictions that have failed, who isn't an opportunist like the unknown folks in the IPCC today (they will change their tune as soon as it will look profitable to them), who isn't a politically appointed engine driver or porn writer, who isn't a failed politician and failed manager of a TV station, who isn't a conspiracy theorist who has joined too many similar but already failed hysterical movements (like Paul Ehrlich). Instead, you need someone who has been a genuine OK scientist at some point of his life, who seems to believe what he says, who is ready to undergo some sacrifices (e.g. be arrested), and who just "feels" like an independent enough person. Hansen was it.
He's completely crazy, too.
On Friday 13th, he interrupted 3.5 months of silence and posted two new PDF files on his home page:
Hansen describes his visit to 5 important Western European cities – Brussels, the Hague, Berlin, London, and Paris – where he met a couple of climate/EU apparatchiks to be sure that he's kept isolated from the real world.
Unlike this blog entry, his text has no name of a country in the title. I was very intrigued by the headline and curious who is the "rogue state". A similar term was first used by Ronald Reagan in 1985 for countries run by criminals and/or resembling the Third Reich. But Bill Clinton's aide Anthony Lake was the first one who received the power to define the term more accurately. His rogue states were North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Iran and Libya.
Note that since the birth of this terminology in 1994, Iraq has been fixed and befriended, Cuba has somewhat softened its criminal and communist soul, Libya has undergone the Arab Spring which was really a winter but many Westerners haven't noticed (it's in the state of chaos now), while North Korea and Iran remained largely unchanged rogue states. North Korea is threatening the West by nuclear weapons like an exhibitionist criminal. Iran claims not to build nuclear weapons but it's constantly threatening Israel with eradication and so on.
These are the normal rogue states. That's why I had laugh out loud when I learned that James Hansen's rogue state is Canada.
These are not Canadian flags. They're flags of the HC Škoda Pilsen, the latest champion of the Czech ice-hockey league. Note the colors.
Imagine that. The superfriendly Canada with its legendary hospitable people who represent the political correctness with a human face, who live in that superb clean environment, and who don't harm the wild life around them (which is not hard, given the low population density in much of Canada). These poor folks have become a rogue state!
Hansen must be truly obsessed with the pipeline.
Because of the latest elections, it could easily be Australia that is the rogue state. The climate change ministry was already abolished there and they are working efficiently to abolish the rest as soon as possible. Moreover, Australia's CO2 emissions per capita exceed Canada's CO2 emissions by a few percent.
For Hansen, an ordinary pipeline somewhere in Canada – a trivial piece of engineering that is found at hundreds of places of the globe – is enough to place Canada above Iran and North Korea in his list of rogue states. The "confession" of their sin is that they expect the CO2 emissions to increase by 7-10 percent by 2020. What a catastrophe. This may add a positive correction to the temperature of order 0.0001 °C. For Hansen, that's clearly worse than Kim of North Korea bombing the New York City.
His tirade is full of would-be authoritative comments about his allies, unelected and stupid EU apparatchiks such as Commie Hedegaard, and the usual repeated slogans about the evil oil industry and the "scandal" that the oil industry in Canada dares to influence the political decisions about energy. Unthinkable! I am sure that the projects of oil companies should be controlled by the blue Smurfs, the Greenpeace, and Danny the Red, if you insist on the equal representation of all major colors. ;-)
James Hansen makes it very clear that he wouldn't hesitate to declare the war – or at least a trade war – against Canada just because it builds a completely peaceful pipeline on its territory, a pipeline that he just happens to dislike. He also makes it clear that he's detached from any idea what people think – he believes that almost all Canadians oppose the fossil fuel industry because he gets 10 times more supportive letters from Canada than the critical ones. For some reason, he doesn't want to realize that people who think that he's not worthy their time aren't sending him letters so he is getting letters almost exclusively from people who worship him, i.e. from idiots.
Hansen is a psychopath and he's the most credible single person of the alarmist movement, too. This is no contradiction and no coincidence: the climate alarmism as such is a movement of psychopaths. If you're not a psychopath, you just don't belong there.
Meanwhile, Canada is extremely far from being the only "rogue state". I have already mentioned Australia but the erroneous climate-hysteria-inspired "green" industries and institutions are already being dismantled in many European countries, too. James Hansen clearly can't reconcile himself with the fact the he is not the dictator who decides about the future of energy production on the whole blue, not green planet. It's hard to guess whether his desires will be getting increasingly unrealistic or whether he will be able to open his eyes and see how unbelievably insane his position has become.