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Thursday, July 20, 2006  

Loony Noony on Global Warming

From someone else this might be incredible, but from Peggy Noonan, it's par for the course:

During the past week's heat wave--it hit 100 degrees in New York City Monday--I got thinking, again, of how sad and frustrating it is that the world's greatest scientists cannot gather, discuss the question of global warming, pore over all the data from every angle, study meteorological patterns and temperature histories, and come to a believable conclusion on these questions: Is global warming real or not? If it is real, is it necessarily dangerous? What exactly are the dangers? Is global warming as dangerous as, say, global cooling would be? Are we better off with an Earth that is getting hotter or, what with the modern realities of heating homes and offices, and the world energy crisis, and the need to conserve, does global heating have, in fact, some potential side benefits, and can those benefits be broadened and deepened? Also, if global warning is real, what must--must--the inhabitants of the Earth do to meet its challenges? And then what should they do to meet them?

This is breathtaking in its dishonesty.

The truth is that "the world's greatest scientists" regularly "gather, discuss the question of global warming, pore over all the data from every angle, [and] study meteorological patterns and temperature histories," and have been doing so for years. And contrary to Noonan's assertion, they indeed have "come to a believable conclusion on these questions." Just because she disagrees with the consensus or finds it too confusing to follow doesn't make it any less real.

Leave it to Noonan, though, to descend proudly from dishonesty into obscenity.

She goes on to allege that her dreamy must-have major confab of people in white lab coats and thick eyeglasses cannot and will not occur "[b]ecause science too, like other great institutions, is poisoned by politics. Scientists have ideologies. They are politicized." She continues:

All too many of them could be expected to enter this work not as seekers for truth but agents for a point of view who are eager to use whatever data can be agreed upon to buttress their point of view.

And so, in the end, every report from every group of scientists is treated as a political document. And no one knows what to believe. So no consensus on what to do can emerge.

Translation: And so, now that Al Gore has his movie out there and people are paying attention to him and its message, it's high time my political allies, my employer, and I turn the tables on the politicization of the so-called global warming issue and blame the scientists for hiding their agendas, since, after all, they started it.

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