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View Diary: Blast from the Past – James Hansen, 1988 (119 comments)

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  •  In early 1992 (8+ / 0-)

    I took a day off from running my small single-person (me) mapping business to drive over to the University of Montana in Missoula to hear a talk on forestry, land-use and global warming by some radical scientist from NASA. The old growth logging wars were in full swing and Bush the Elder was starting to realize that he had a tough re-election campaign on his hands, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

    NASA scientist, James Hansen, compared logging practices in the tropical Amazon to old-growth logging on national and corporate forests in the US's Pacific Northwest. Using satellite images, Dr. Hansen showed that at the time, starving peasants in Brazil had done far less damage to the Amazon's forest compared to the professional foresters (employed by the United States Forest Service and corporate giants like Weyerhauser, Louisiana Pacific and Plum Creek)had done to America's Pacific Northwest forests.

    The satellite images were stunning. Entire national parks such as Olympic, Mt. Rainer and Crater Lake were next to completely surrounded by denuded landscapes, while most of the Amazon remained lush and green.

    Within days, the administration of Bush the Elder went berserk over the talk, and demanded that Hansen not speak to audiences without explicit permission from the Whitehouse. It was the best day off from work that I had taken in years.

    Who will stop this war of lies? Keith Olbermann May 23rd, 2007

    by Ed in Montana on Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 07:37:57 PM PST

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