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James Hansen Quotes: "Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now with climate change, yet we dither."

Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now with climate change, yet we dither.




James Hansen Quotes: "We are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption."

We are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption.




James Hansen Quotes: "It would be immoral to leave young people with a climate system spiraling out of control."

It would be immoral to leave young people with a climate system spiraling out of control.



James Hansen Quotes: "Global warming has already triggered a sea level rise that could reach from 6 metres (19.69 ft) to 25 metres (27.34 yards)."

Global warming has already triggered a sea level rise that could reach from 6 metres (19.69 ft) to 25 metres (27.34 yards).




James Hansen Quotes: "What we are doing to the future of our children, and the other species on the planet, is a clear moral issue."

What we are doing to the future of our children, and the other species on the planet, is a clear moral issue.



James Hansen Quotes: "How long have we got? We have to stabilize emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree... We don't have much time left."

How long have we got? We have to stabilize emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree... We don't have much time left.



James Hansen Quotes: "What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet."

What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet.




James Hansen Quotes: "It's as certain that as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, we will just keep burning them."

It's as certain that as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, we will just keep burning them.



James Hansen Quotes: "We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions."

We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions.



James Hansen Quotes: "Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed, the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines, is in imminent peril."

Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed, the world with climate patterns that we know and stable shorelines, is in imminent peril.



James Hansen Quotes: "Politicians think that if matters look difficult, compromise is a good approach. Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise - they are what they are."

Politicians think that if matters look difficult, compromise is a good approach. Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise - they are what they are.



James Hansen Quotes: "The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death."

The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.




James Hansen Quotes: "There is still time to act and avoid a worsening climate but we are wasting precious time."

There is still time to act and avoid a worsening climate but we are wasting precious time.



James Hansen Quotes: "Recent warming coincides with rapid growth of human-made greenhouse gases. The observed rapid warming gives urgency to discussions about how to slow greenhouse gas emissions."

Recent warming coincides with rapid growth of human-made greenhouse gases. The observed rapid warming gives urgency to discussions about how to slow greenhouse gas emissions.



James Hansen Quotes: "Global warming isn't a prediction. It is happening."

Global warming isn't a prediction. It is happening.



James Hansen Quotes: "The five warmest years over the last century occurred in the last eight years."

The five warmest years over the last century occurred in the last eight years.



James Hansen Quotes: "The climate system is being pushed hard enough that change will become obvious to the man in the street in the next decade."

The climate system is being pushed hard enough that change will become obvious to the man in the street in the next decade.



James Hansen Quotes: "The evidence for human-made climate change is overwhelming."

The evidence for human-made climate change is overwhelming.



James Hansen Quotes: "Interference with communications of science to the public has been greater during the current administration than at any time in my career."

Interference with communications of science to the public has been greater during the current administration than at any time in my career.



James Hansen Quotes: "I tend to be naive and gullible, I guess, but I try to believe that governments believe what they say."

I tend to be naive and gullible, I guess, but I try to believe that governments believe what they say.



James Hansen Quotes: "If we fail to act, we will end up with a different planet."

If we fail to act, we will end up with a different planet.



James Hansen Quotes: "...the global surface albedo [surface whiteness] and greenhouse gas changes account for practically the entire global climate change."

...the global surface albedo [surface whiteness] and greenhouse gas changes account for practically the entire global climate change.



James Hansen Quotes: "...99 percent confident that the world really was getting warmer and that there was a high degree of probability that it was due to human-made greenhouse gases."

...99 percent confident that the world really was getting warmer and that there was a high degree of probability that it was due to human-made greenhouse gases.



James Hansen Quotes: "The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade"

The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade



James Hansen Quotes: "The 5-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing."

The 5-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.



James Hansen Quotes: "Policy decisions on climate change are being deliberated every day by those without full knowledge of the science, and often with intentional misinformation spawned by special interests."

Policy decisions on climate change are being deliberated every day by those without full knowledge of the science, and often with intentional misinformation spawned by special interests.



James Hansen Quotes: "We have known since the 1800s that carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere. The right amount keeps the climate conducive to human life."

We have known since the 1800s that carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere. The right amount keeps the climate conducive to human life.



James Hansen Quotes: "Because cap and trade is enforced through the selling and trading of permits, it actually perpetuates the pollution it is supposed to eliminate."

Because cap and trade is enforced through the selling and trading of permits, it actually perpetuates the pollution it is supposed to eliminate.



James Hansen Quotes: "The last time the world was three degrees warmer than today-which is what we expect later this century-sea levels were 25m higher. So that is what we can look forward to if we don't act soon."

The last time the world was three degrees warmer than today-which is what we expect later this century-sea levels were 25m higher. So that is what we can look forward to if we don't act soon.



James Hansen Quotes: "The forcings that drive long-term climate change are not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change."

The forcings that drive long-term climate change are not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change.



James Hansen Quotes: "As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species."

As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species.



James Hansen Quotes: "Money has too big an influence on our politics in Washington and somehow we need to do something about that."

Money has too big an influence on our politics in Washington and somehow we need to do something about that.



James Hansen Quotes: "Adding CO2 to the air is like throwing another blanket on the bed."

Adding CO2 to the air is like throwing another blanket on the bed.



James Hansen Quotes: "The fact is fossil fuel carbon will stay in the surface climate system for millennia."

The fact is fossil fuel carbon will stay in the surface climate system for millennia.



James Hansen Quotes: "A level of no more than 350 ppm is still feasible, with the help of reforestation and improved agricultural practices, but just barely - time is running out."

A level of no more than 350 ppm is still feasible, with the help of reforestation and improved agricultural practices, but just barely - time is running out.



James Hansen Quotes: "As you get more global warming, you should see an increase in the extremes of the hydrological cycle - droughts and floods and heavy precipitation."

As you get more global warming, you should see an increase in the extremes of the hydrological cycle - droughts and floods and heavy precipitation.



James Hansen Quotes: "The question is not whether to close the parks, but how to accomplish this goal."

The question is not whether to close the parks, but how to accomplish this goal.



James Hansen Quotes: "Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet."

Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet.



James Hansen Quotes: "Rising carbon price is essential to 'decarbonize' the economy - to remove the nation towards the era beyond fossil fuels."

Rising carbon price is essential to 'decarbonize' the economy - to remove the nation towards the era beyond fossil fuels.



James Hansen Quotes: "'Goals' and 'caps' on carbon emissions are practically worthless, if coal emissions continue, because of the exceedingly long lifetime of carbon dioxide in the air."

'Goals' and 'caps' on carbon emissions are practically worthless, if coal emissions continue, because of the exceedingly long lifetime of carbon dioxide in the air.



James Hansen Quotes: "I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change. No longer than a decade at most."

I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change. No longer than a decade at most.



James Hansen Quotes: "If we drive our fellow species to extinction, we will leave a far more desolate planet for our descendants than the world we inherited from our elders."

If we drive our fellow species to extinction, we will leave a far more desolate planet for our descendants than the world we inherited from our elders.



James Hansen Quotes: "The democratic process is supposed to be one person one vote, but it turns out that money is talking louder than the votes."

The democratic process is supposed to be one person one vote, but it turns out that money is talking louder than the votes.



James Hansen Quotes: "Until the public demands otherwise, the policy makers will continue to serve their financiers."

Until the public demands otherwise, the policy makers will continue to serve their financiers.



James Hansen Quotes: "Some Democrats deserve to be criticized."

Some Democrats deserve to be criticized.



James Hansen Quotes: "Talking nice about sun and wind and green jobs is just greenwash."

Talking nice about sun and wind and green jobs is just greenwash.



James Hansen Quotes: "I was lucky to grow up at a time when it was not difficult for the child of a tenant farmer to make his way to the state university."

I was lucky to grow up at a time when it was not difficult for the child of a tenant farmer to make his way to the state university.



James Hansen Quotes: "As a government employee, you can't testify against the government."

As a government employee, you can't testify against the government.



James Hansen Quotes: "The greatest danger hanging over our children and grandchildren is initiation of changes that will be irreversible on any time scale that humans can imagine."

The greatest danger hanging over our children and grandchildren is initiation of changes that will be irreversible on any time scale that humans can imagine.