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James Hansen Arrested For Yelling

By Keith Cowing
August 30, 2011
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NASA’s Hansen Arrested Outside White House at Pipeline Protest, Bloomberg
“James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested outside the White House as he joined protesters in urging President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s $7 billion pipeline. Before he was taken into custody today, Hansen took a megaphone and implored Obama to act “for the sake of your children and grandchildren.” “If Obama chooses the dirty needle it will confirm that the president was just green-washing all along,” Hansen, 70, who took a vacation day from his job at the New York based institute to participate in the protest, said in an e-mailed statement.”
Keith’s note: James Hansen certainly must have a lot of vacation time to burn on these public stunts. I am certain OSTP loves having a NASA employee shouting back at them across the White House lawn over policy. Oh well, at least Hansen speaks his mind – but the way he does these things using his NASA affiliation tends to leave the impression that he says is what everyone at NASA thinks – and that is not accurate. Obviously he does not care.
Oh yes, as I have stated before, while I think Hansen is inappropriately allowing his NASA affiliation to be factored into the public perception of his personal views, I usually agree with Hansen’s personal views (but not in this one particular instance).

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