The "Space Race" of the 1960's grew out of Cold War tensions between the USA and "Soviet Union". In the several decades following the first Sputnik launch, each new rocket-propelled venture to follow symbolized the technological might of "Superpowered" enemies. Rockets, being smoking, roaring engines of war, as well as of moon landing, unfailingly got public attention.
Dr. James E. Hansen is, today, schedule to lob the 'ticking climate time bomb' metaphor into the hearing range of the US Congress. He his testimony will step beyond the science and venture into Federal policy making for climate action.
On Monday, Dr. Hansen, 67, plans to testify at a House committee hearing that it is almost, but not quite, too late to start defusing what he calls the "global warming time bomb." He will offer a plan for cuts in emissions and also a warning about the risks of further inaction.Could this testimony make climate a top-ranked election issue? We will be all ears; and, hoping the political tipping point has arrived. Happy landings to you Dr. Hansen.
Update: from the Guardian, we have this additional claim as to what Dr. Hansen may say. Wow. This will rock the headlines, if true.
James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.
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