Today, Saturday, June 23, 2018, it will be 30 years since my hero Dr James Hansen gave an address to Congress that could have begun America on the way to taking a leadership role in combating climate change. Unfortunately, it has not happened – and it can never.
For those readers who did not know Dr Hansen from 1981 to 2013, he was the head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which is part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Through his deep understanding of how the planet Venus lost its oceans and how human activities drive us towards a similar result, Dr. Hansen has become the world's foremost advocate for the survival of civilization.
Thirty years ago in his speech before the Congress dr. Hansen said: "Global warming has reached a level so that we can largely explain a cause and effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and the observed heating. It is already happening. The greenhouse effect has been discovered and it is changing our climate now."
As I said every 30 years ago. Since then, all nations in the world have taken part and promised to participate in the work to save civilization … save one, the United States. We have withdrawn our support for this effort.
It was because of Dr. Hansen that my wife and I decided to do what we could to reduce our own carbon dioxide emissions and in 1998 we had gone completely away from the net and got our electricity from the sun.
Twenty years ago, we hoped that others would follow our example and that a movement could begin that might make a real difference. How naive we were. But at present Dr. Hansen hopefully. I wish I was.
Richard Douse lives with his two favorite ladies, Tammy, his wife and Ann Margret, his cat. They live off the grid in a home they built themselves. They grow their own food because they do not trust companies to do it for them. Douse considers himself a liberal. He thinks liberals are blue collar people who know how to work and think for themselves. He believes that what we do individually and collectively will determine whether civilization continues – or goes away for the next ten years.