Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration,
Only the US now had the political muscle to lead the world and halt the rise, Hansen said. Having refused to recognise that global warming posed any risk at all over the past eight years, the US now had to take a lead as the world's greatest carbon emitter and the planet's largest economy. Cap-and-trade schemes, in which emission permits are bought and sold, have failed, he said, and must now be replaced by a carbon tax that will imposed on all producers of fossil fuels. At the same time, there must be a moratorium on new power plants that burn coal - the world's worst carbon emitter.
Well all we sane people have to do is wait until January and all the chicken Little crowd will have to crumple their tin-foil hats and go home, assuming we are not in the runaway cinder-burn Hansen predicted in the next 5 months (fair bet, I'll take it).
If only it were true...but there will be new Jim Hansens, and plenty of tin foil caps to go around for the moonbats of the world....