Saturday, February 18, 2006

Climate of Uncertainty

Steve writes the "Commons blog." He "Deconstructs" Climate Change with this essay.

Climate of Uncertainty
Why global warming is back in the headlines.
The Weekly Standard
by Steven F. Hayward
Steven F. Hayward is F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of AEI's "Environmental Policy Outlook."
02/27/2006, Volume 011, Issue 23


CLIMATE CHANGE IS HEATING UP again in American politics, the result of an orchestrated campaign to push the issue to the forefront. Al Gore is hitting the road with his animated computer slide show and has a documentary movie coming out. Climate action advocates skillfully exploited the Bush administration's clumsy moves to limit the public statements of NASA's chief climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, and landed panicky stories about climate "tipping points" and scientific censorship on the front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. The real head-turner, however, was the recent launch of the Evangelical Climate Initiative, in which nearly 100 evangelical leaders signed on to the environmentalist party line. Some are the same liberal evangelicals who tub-thumped for the nuclear freeze during the Reagan years, but some are conservative evangelicals important to Bush's red-state base, such as Rick (The Purpose Driven Life) Warren. When the eco-apocalypse meets the New Testament apocalypse, you know something is up. That something is a sense of political desperation among climate change alarmists, as the world slowly turns against them. Rest here.

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