"Money has too big an influence on our politics in Washington and somehow we need to do something about that."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."James Hansen on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."James Hansen on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."James Hansen on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."James Hansen on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."James Hansen on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"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."