Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hansen's world

So much for being muzzled. Captain Climate Change testified in front of Congress Monday and stated that maybe oil execs should be charged with crimes (with him testifying against them one day) for not listening to his singular 20 year campaign to save the world from capitalism. Wonder if he'd consider his own calculation errors to be criminal in reverse?

But even more interesting was his hint that he might outwardly campaign for green candidates (mostly Democrats) in the fall. Aside from the gross arrogance (who really cares) such a thing might not be legal depending on his current status. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in certain political behavior, especially if they are SES level managers. Since Hansen is the Director of GISS he might well be an SES'er, which means he can't actively work for a politician's election. Even if he's not there still might be a conflict of interest if the people he's supporting are in position to appropriate funds to his project. Surely he knows this, so it'll be interesting to see if he soon retires.

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