Jim Hansen is the one of the top climatologists in the country. His colleagues who might be considered right there with him in terms of smarts, say he is the best. He works for NASA.

Hansen is a scienist. On “60 Minutes” Sunday he declared that he is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but a scientist who seeks facts with a desire to present them unfettered to the American public.

Unfortunately for the American public, Hansen is being fettered. His findings are being manipulated by politicians because of the political fallout they might bring.

Because he sees a real issue with global warming, he wants the public to know that we must begin enacting some precautions and that if we wait as much as a decade to implement some changes, our environment will be impacted in some ways that may be irreversible — things we will not change but will have to learn to live with.

So basically, science is being interfered with. The White House is now editing what Hansen releases. And it’s not being edited by a panel of scientists but rather by lawyers who represent the administration. This makes as much sense as turning one’s x-rays over to a carpenter to be analyzed.

One of the lawyers that did some very critical editing to one of Hansen’s reports no longer works at the White House. He is now working for Exxon-Mobile. Now we see where politics and big business have cheapened a science that may very well impact the quality of life for our children and grandchildren .

You see, global warming is pretty much a by-product of fossil fuels. Exxon-Mobile is one of the largest providers of fossible fuels. The administration is good friends with big oil. It doesn’t take a Picasso to paint a picture here that’s worth a thousand words.

Global warming is not just a United States issue. It’s a world issue. Consider that China is gearing up for an industrial revolution and factor off-hand the stress on this issue. Some folks see us as the world cop in terms of peace and democracy. We should at least see ourselves as the torch bearer in terms of protecting our enviroment, otherwise many of these other issues could become moot points.

When it comes to science, our public deserves facts from our most brilliant minds — not watered-down stuff that serves political campaigns. But, it’s unlikely these revelations will cause much stir because our nation divides itself into political parties and simply doesn’t have the spit and vinegar it takes to raise hell about things that on most days they see as being far removed from their immediate agendas. The average intelligence might not even be at level to register the concens of a Jim Hansen and his colleagues. How sad!

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