March 14, 2009
Personally I think they ought to just skip to PLan C.
Plan B: scientists get radical in bid to halt global warming ‘catastrophe’
...James Hansen plans to use Thursday’s Climate Change Day of Action to put pressure on Gordon Brown to wake up to the threat of climate change - by halting the construction of new power stations and the expansion of airports, with schemes such as the third runway at Heathrow.
The move by a leading American researcher is the highest-profile example to date of the way climate change is politicising scientists....
What? There can't be any politicised science! Obama said that wasn't gona happen no more now that evil Bush is gone.
“We can no longer allow politicians and business to twist and ignore science,” said Hansen.
“The scientists can connect the dots and define the implications of different policy choices and we should make clear those implications.”
Well that about says it don't it? Elected represenatives of the people are no longer allowed to make decisions, Science is in Charge, move over Thomas Jefferson we got us a new world order and your way is going down the highway.
...Hansen is just one of a number of leading researchers who believe that scientists must get out of their laboratories and campaign on climate change....
Well at least they are out of their labrotories, maybe somebody will lock the door behind them
Others have used scientific publications to make overtly political points. Professor Kevin Anderson, director of the Tyndall Centre, the government’s leading global warming research centre, recently used the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, one of the world’s most respected academic journals, to call for a “planned global recession” to cut carbon emissions
Kind of makes you wonder huh?
“Scientists are increasingly aware of their public responsibilities and realise there is not much point in doing science unless your findings will be uti-lised. They now realise that if they make themselves heard on climate change then policy makers will react,” he said.
Kathy Sykes, professor of sciences and society at Bristol University, said scientists were increasingly aware that they had a duty to convey their knowledge more effectively - and that meant becoming political.
“Every now and again, when things become absolutely desperate, as it has with climate change, scientists have to become advocates,” she said.
Well I reckon this just proves that our scientific community is commited to scientific objectivity......or perhaps they ought to just be commited?