Speaking Truth to Power – and to Friends | James Hansen

Speaking Truth to Power – and to Friends
20 September 2014
James Hansen

Sometimes it’s easier to speak truth to power than to speak truth to friends – I refer not to friends you know well, but to compatriots fighting for the same good cause.

Once when I was giving a public talk at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, where I was about to be presented an award by Governor Brown, who was sitting in the front row, I described California’s newly minted cap-and-trade program as “half-baked” and “half-assed”. I admit to being tactless, but it got his attention, which was my intention.

Golden Opportunities. Governor Brown is a smart man. Based on our discussions over dainties before my talk and another discussion after the ceremony, I believe he may realize that he missed a golden opportunity. California is one place that could have demonstrated an approach to the energy & climate problem that could have a huge national and global impact.

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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