"Consider the perverse effect cap and trade has on altruistic actions. Say you decide to buy a small, high-efficiency car. That reduces your emissions, but not your country's. Instead it allows somebody else to buy a bigger S.U.V. - because the total emissions are set by the cap."
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."James Hansen on Bill Gates
"There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace."James Hansen on Richard Pryor
"Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments."James Hansen on Erma Bombeck
"I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone."James Hansen on Steven Wright
"I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I'm the only one moving."James Hansen on Steven Wright
"Money has too big an influence on our politics in Washington and somehow we need to do something about that."
"I've tried to be a straight scientist doing the science and reporting it as best I can."
"You have no time to do the science if you're talking to the media."
"What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet."
"With a fourth generation of nuclear power, you can have a technology that will burn more than 99 percent of the energy in the fuel. It would mean that you don't need to mine uranium for the next thousand years."