Hansen Calls Canada's Conservatives "Neanderthal"

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The former NASA scientist criticized by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver earlier this week for his views on the Keystone XL pipeline is responding by calling the Conservatives a desperate and “Neanderthal” government.

james hansen In an interview with Evan Solomon airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House, James Hansen defended his position that approving the proposed pipeline would be disastrous for the environment.

During a stop in Washington, D.C., to shore up support for Keystone XL, Oliver said Hansen, a leading climate change activist, is “crying wolf” with his “exaggerated” comments about the effects of Alberta’s oilsands development on the environment. The minister also said that when a source of energy represents 1/1000th of global emissions, “to say it’s the end of the planet if that’s developed is nonsense.”

Hansen has said if nothing is done to stop Canada’s oilsands development it will be “game over for the climate,” a position that Oliver said he likely regrets taking and that has hurt his credibility.

 

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