Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At What Point Treason?

James Hansen Wants to Save Earth
By Killing America
 James Hansen may be the top climate scientist at NASA, but he's no fan of democracy. While on a trip to China last November, Hansen wrote - in the South China Morning Post, no less - about the way to bring America around to his way of thinking... or bring us to our knees economically. Pardon me, but such actions come perilously close to treasonous, if not actually crossing that line. One must also wonder whether he traveled there on taxpayer money to plunge a dagger into our backs.

I suppose there should be a modicum of gratitude offered to the good doctor, since he has tipped the hand of the warming alarmist crowd and their desire to wreak havoc on our economy. However, since my little corner of the blogosphere is one of the few places where such an admission will be exposed, I doubt that much will ever come of it.

ABC News will certainly never "out" James Hansen or his despicable plans for America with the aid of the Communist Chinese. More likely, they will champion his cause as somehow righteous in the face of the knuckle-dragging deniers who consider him to be a kook. What troubles me, however, is that he will also be not only ignored for his seditious op-ed in a Chinese paper, but he will never be paid a visit by the agencies responsible for protecting American interests and sovereignty.

There have been dopey entertainers who have traveled abroad in the past for the purpose of bashing America  as self aggrandizement, and while that is still deplorable, it is largely meaningless and dismissible. When an alleged expert who makes his living by the grace of the American taxpayer as an agent of the Federal government does it, it carries some weight, at least in the eyes of our enemies.

Part of Hansen's diatribe in a Chinese publication stated the following:

"After agreement with other nations, e.g., the European Union, China and these nations could impose rising internal carbon fees. Existing rules of the World Trade Organization would allow collection of a rising border duty on products from all nations that do not have an equivalent internal carbon fee or tax.
The United States then would be forced to make a choice. It could either address its fossil-fuel addiction ... or ... accept continual descent into second-rate and third-rate economic well-being."
As Patrick J. Michaels of The Washington Times correctly points out, "The WTO, in fact, has not 'ruled' that it can impose environmental tariffs of any kind, much less those of such magnitude that they would destroy the world's largest economy." Nevertheless, Hansen makes the assertion, and disciples of the myth of AGW believe it, completely oblivious to the fact that their hero had just advocated that a foreign nation force his own into a position detrimental to it.
Hansen Protest Arrest, Sept. 2010

I have to believe that if an employee of the federal government traveled overseas and asked his host country to launch a missile attack on the United States, that person would immediately earn the status of enemy of the state, and be arrested and tried for treason upon his return on extradition, if possible. Why is it different, then, for a government scientist to beg for an economic assault from China as a means to achieve a desired goal that is bitterly disputed?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created by the George W. Bush administration in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Even some of his supporters were wary of its creation, fearing what it would become under future administrations. Those concerns are rapidly becoming warranted.

When DHS, under the current administration, is more concerned with Grandma's Polygrip at the airline security checkpoint than with someone of James Hansen's "gravitas" inviting economic Armageddon from the Chinese at the most vulnerable fiscal juncture in our history, there is cause for genuine alarm. Will such terrible news sell the most switches from Insurer X to Geico in the 6 O'Clock slot on ABC News? Probably not, which is why many will never learn of it, and arguably half of those who do will refuse to believe it simply because of ABC's refusal to report it.

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Edisto Joe said...

China consumes coal faster than pigs at feeding time. Lets just say Hansen succeeds in forcing the U.S. into this nonsense. Will he then be prepared to go after China, or Russia to further his quest to banish fossil fuel from the earth? Like all liberals, there is a vast disconnect when distinguishing between the real world and imagined utopia.

Woody said...

I seriously doubt it, EJ. Their goal seems to be only about taking America down a peg or two.

Anderlan said...

Given that we know that fossil carbon is causing warming, and that warming will increase the occurrence of floods, and droughts between the floods, which will decrease crop yields, increasing global food prices decade after decade, leading to global economic collapse and war, at what point is the fossil fuel lobby which seeks to protect the government-favored position of fossil energy in our energy mix, guilty of treason? I say a good while ago.

Woody said...

Anderlan, we don't know any such thing. There is zero proof that CO2 raises temperatures. Furthermore, past temperature increases preceded a rise in CO2 concentrations.