The Jake Files

February 19, 2006

Environmental Outrage

So, I haven’t posted anything in over a week, and it’s not from a lack of wanting, it’s been a lack of time as well as a lack of anything to say.  The whole Cheney hunting accident issue has been blogged to death.  My only real thoughts about that are that I would be a lot happier with David Gregory’s interrogation techniques in the White House press room if the questions he were asking were about, say for example, Iran’s restarting nuclear fuel enrichment.

But alas, he, and others, are more interested in manufacturing scandal than in real news.

This morning I found this story linked on Drudge:

In his new book about Mr. Bush, “Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush,” Fred Barnes recalls a visit to the White House last year by Michael Crichton, whose 2004 best-selling novel, “State of Fear,” suggests that global warming is an unproven theory and an overstated threat.

Mr. Barnes, who describes Mr. Bush as “a dissenter on the theory of global warming,” writes that the president “avidly read” the novel and met the author after Karl Rove, his chief political adviser, arranged it. He says Mr. Bush and his guest “talked for an hour and were in near-total agreement.”

“The visit was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalists all the more,” he adds.

And so it has, fueling a common perception among environmental groups that Mr. Crichton’s dismissal of global warming, coupled with his popularity as a novelist and screenwriter, has undermined efforts to pass legislation intended to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas that leading scientists say causes climate change.

Mr. Crichton, whose views in “State of Fear” helped him win the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ annual journalism award this month, has been a leading doubter of global warming and last September appeared before a Senate committee to argue that the supporting science was mixed, at best.

“This shows the president is more interested in science fiction than science,” Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, said after learning of the White House meeting. Mr. O’Donnell’s group monitors environmental policy.

“This administration has put no limit on global warming pollution and has consistently rebuffed any suggestion to do so,” he said.

I haven’t read State of Fear, but I am a fan of Crichton’s in general, and his environmental views specifically.  I read a transcript of a LOOOONG speech he made not too long ago where he cited lots of contradictory evidence on global warming.  Admittedly, I’m easy to convince on this matter, but it was a compelling and persuasive argument that global warming is nothing more than hysteria.

For me, it comes down to this: 

  1. We have only been measuring temperatures for a hundred years or so.
  2. The average temperature has only risen a degree or so over that time.
  3. No one has been living longer than that time period to give credence to the thought that, “Gee, it sure is hotter these days.”
  4. We know there have been ice ages in the past, and subsequent melting of those ice ages.
  5. There is no fossil evidence of automotive technology or widespread consumption of oil by ice age man that would account for the sudden and catastrophic melting of glaciers, and allowing (*gasp*) the transition to an agrarian, rather than nomadic, society.

It’s also worth noting that not too long ago scientists announced that Mars had gone through a period of global warming.  Not too sure how they know that, and I don’t remember where I read it, but I do remember my reaction:  obviously that failure to ratify the Kyoto Protocols is to blame for Martian global warming.

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