U.S. Senate Committee on EPW Press Blog Post: NASA’s Theon on Global Warming

THIS is an important reason why I favor focusing attention on the concept of Ecological Footprint vs. man-made global warming.  So far I have seen no debate around the science showing that the developed world is using Earth’s resources faster than Earth is capable of regenerating them.  (See Global Footprint Network and numerous posts in this blog, including yesterday’s.)  Whether the causes of global warming are man-made or not, science shows that our carbon footprint represents half of our total ecological footprint, which is unsustainable.  From the Global Footprint Network website:

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“Global climate change is one of humanity’s greatest challenges and one of the most important indicators that we are in ecological overshoot. Since the carbon footprint is 50 percent of humanity’s overall Ecological Footprint, reducing our carbon footprint is essential to ending ecological overshoot.

Today the spotlight is on carbon, but climate change is happening as we approach other critical limits in fisheries, forests, cropland, and water. Unless we focus on ending overshoot as a whole-systems problem, some of our solutions to global warming could cause large, unintended impacts. In the rush toward biofuels, for example, we are in many cases shifting pressure to cropland and forestland.”

Consider supporting the Global Footprint Network and share this information to circumvent the debate on global warming. Urgent attention to our ecological footprint and to rallying for creative innovations towards “One Planet Living” will allow us to avoid costly delay’s caused by protracted debates on global warming.

Below is an excerpt from the Senate Committee blog post; here’s the full text. Note that it’s on the Minority Page.


Washington DC: NASA warming scientist James Hansen, one of former Vice President Al Gore’s closest allies in the promotion of man-made global warming fears, is being publicly rebuked by his former supervisor at NASA.

Retired senior NASA atmospheric scientist Dr. John S. Theon, the former supervisor of James Hansen, NASA’s vocal man-made global warming fears soothsayer, has now publicly declared himself a skeptic and declared that Hansen “embarrassed NASA” with his alarming climate claims and said Hansen was “was never muzzled.”  Theon joins the rapidly growing ranks of international scientists abandoning the promotion of anthropogenic global warming fears. [See: U.S. Senate Minority Report Update: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims & See Prominent Scientist Fired By Gore Says Warming Alarm ‘Mistaken’ & Gore laments global warming efforts: ‘I’ve failed badly’ – Washington Post – November 11, 2008 ]

“I appreciate the opportunity to add my name to those who disagree that global warming is man-made,” Theon wrote to the Minority Office at the Environment and Public Works Committee on January 15, 2009. “I was, in effect, Hansen’s supervisor because I had to justify his funding, allocate his resources, and evaluate his results. I did not have the authority to give him his annual performance evaluation,” Theon, the former Chief of the Climate Processes Research Program at NASA Headquarters and former Chief of the Atmospheric Dynamics & Radiation Branch explained. [Note: Here are the results a Google Scholar search on Theon. – Theon’s complete written correspondence to EPW reprinted at the end of this report. ]