Nasa scientist appears in court to fan the flames of coal power station row
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Here are some highlights
"Professor James Hansen gave evidence at Maidstone Crown Court in the case of six Greenpeace members who scaled a 630ft chimney at the Kingsnorth plant in Hoo, Kent, last October in protest against plans to build new coal-fired units there.
Greenpeace argues that under the Criminal Damage Act 1971, its activists had a "lawful excuse" to cause the damage because they were seeking to prevent even greater damage being caused to property – such as flooding from rising sea levels and damage to species caused by climate change.
'Somebody needs to stand up and take a leadership role," Prof Hansen said. "It is an opportunity for the Prime Minister. If we are to avoid disintegration of the ice sheets, minimise species extiction and halt or reverse... climate change there is just time to accomplish it, but it requires an immediate moratorium on new coal-fired power plants that do not capture or sequester CO2.' "
It's gratifying to see this stalwart defender of sanity in the British media, even more gratifying to me personally because he is an American, a countryman of mine. So often Americans show up over here when they do something dopey and greedy, ie, Paris, Britney, George W, or pushy and arrogant, ie, Donald T, Dick Cheney, George W, or down right scary and stupid, ie, George W and Dick Cheney.
It's so nice to see an American doing something decent and principled in a very visible way. It's about time we had a real American Heroe. Thanks Dr. Hansen.