Lynn, Good show today with some great topics. I am a huge Alan Keyes supporter and voted for him in the primary last year. Also, it is interesting that you mentioned the global warming topic in the first hour because there is an entertaining debate occurring due to Gorge Will’s Dark Green Doomsayers article in Washington Post on 15 FEB 09.
He lists some spectacular quotes of the 1970s about the impending global ice age fear-monging. An interesting twist at the end of the article is about a bet that was accepted in 1980 by Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford scientist and environmental Cassandra who predicted calamitous food shortages by 1990, and with economist Julian Simon.
“When Ehrlich predicted the imminent exhaustion of many nonrenewable natural resources, Simon challenged him: Pick a "basket" of any five such commodities, and I will wager that in a decade the price of the basket will decline, indicating decreased scarcity. Ehrlich picked five metals -- chrome, copper, nickel, tin and tungsten -- that he predicted would become more expensive. Not only did the price of the basket decline, the price of all five declined.”
The bet itself is not what is surprising; what is... “is the expert Ehrlich consulted in picking the five was John Holdren, who today is President Obama's science adviser.”
The back drop to George’s article is in response to some outlandish articles by the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s scientist Mark Serreze and his prediction of an “ice free north pole” prediction in last year about this time. "There is this thin first-year ice even at the North Pole at the moment," says Serreze. "This raises the spectre – the possibility that you could become ice free at the North Pole this year." http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Story? ... 737&page=1
Not only did the prediction did not come true and, predictably, I didn’t read any retractions to the extremely publicized ridiculous pronouncements but Serreze went out and made even more outlandish comments in August 08: "No matter where we stand at the end of the melt season, it's just reinforcing this notion that Arctic ice is in its death spiral… The Arctic could be free of summer ice by 2030.”http://www.nypost.com/seven/08282008/ne ... 126443.htm
Not to be outdone and on cue, the entertainers come on stage to ratchet up the fear-monging. In Dec 2008, Al Gore predicts the end of the north pole in five years:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrPCUWWjh0c&eurl
We have another Gorbasim countdown. LOL
There have a couple of interesting events since George Will’s article:
1. It has come out these “scientist” miscalculated the ice degradation by 500,000 square kilometers – imagine that… and
2. John Kerry has come with his own article stating, “I’d happily debate [George Will] any day on this question so critical to our survival.” Hahaha too funny… I would actually use some of my monopoly dollars to see that one.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-kerr ... 70657.html
“Facts are stupid things,” Ronald Reagan once said. He was, of course, paraphrasing John Adams, who could have been talking about the science on global change when he said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Mr Kerry, stick to what you know: How about an article with pointers on how to seduce and marry extremely wealthy women?
The plot is set with a good casting of entertainers: George Will, Al Gore, John Kerry, John Holdren, and the bumbling keystone “scientists” at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. There is only one direction for this to go… it is going to get funnier.