It is altogether unheard of when a top government scientist criticizes a sitting president a week before a presidential election. But, that is what Dr. James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, did in the The New York Times. He said that Bush's plan to put off for another decade cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases known to be responsible for global warming are a "colossal risk." Hansen must feel very strongly about those risks because he admits that he is probably putting his career on the line by speaking out.
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