NASA’s chief climate scientist has been the subject of controversy ever since calling for civil disobedience in a video posted on YouTube.
In the video, Dr. James Hansen urges Americans to “take a stand on global warming” during a March 2nd protest at the Capitol Power Plant in Washington D.C. "We need to send a message to Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the planet," Hansen says in the video.
"What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet. The only practical way to solve the problem is to phase out the biggest source of carbon — and that's coal."
Hansen’s critics, however, accuse him of unlawfully abusing his position as a federal employee and playing partisan politics. “I'm not surprised,” one of Hansen's former supervisors, Dr. John Theon, told FOXNews.com. “The fact that Jim Hansen has gone off the deep end here is sad because he's a good fellow.”
"Why he has not been fired I do not understand," Theon went on to say. "As a civil servant, you can't participate in calling for a public demonstration. You may be able to participate as a private citizen, but when you go on the Internet and call for people to break the law, that's a problem."
Officials at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel have said that Hansen is not breaking any laws since he is advocating for a specific issue.
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