Top NASA Scientist: If Obama Approves Keystone XL, All His Climate Talk is 'Greenwashing'


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James Hansen is one of the world's foremost climate scientists. He's arguably done more pioneering work in the field than any other American scientist -- and he's repeatedly testified before Congress and appealed to the White House, stating the dangers climate change poses to the nation. He's also been really good at putting his money where his mouth is; risking arrest to protest polluting practices in acts of civil disobedience. He'll be heading down to join the protesters that have taken to the White House to rally against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which Hansen has said would mean "game over" for the global climate if approved.

Now, he's got some even stronger words, and this time they're aimed squarely at Barack Obama.Here's Climate Wire on the New York Times:

NASA scientist James Hansen, who galvanized the environmental movement decades ago with his congressional testimony about the dangers of climate change, said yesterday that President Obama has a rare opportunity to show he is not a "hopeless addict."

"If Obama chooses the dirty needle it will confirm that Obama was just greenwashing all along, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians, with no real intention of solving the addiction," Hansen said.

Hansen will join dozens of protesters engaging in civil disobedience in front of the White House as the Obama administration weighs whether to grant Keystone XL a cross-border permit by the end of the year. As of yesterday, more than 300 people had been arrested, with 1,000 or so planning to go to jail before sit-ins end on Sept. 3.

For more information on the tar sands protests, see our previous posts on the action and check out Tar Sands Action.

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