THE SPINE OCTOBER 12, 2007
You wanna get the blood of the editors of Commentary flowing ... or of the
Wall Street Journal? Just mention Al Gore. Or global warming. There are
two articles in Thursday's Times that will get their hysteria up ... about what they
usually characterize as Gore's hysteria. It's odd -- isn't it? -- that these
ordinary journalists (like me) have the science down pat. They know the
one scientist here and the other scientist there that believe Greenland
will disappear not earlier than a zillion years from now. What a relief!
The fact is that the scientific consensus is in accord with the
propositions that Gore has articulated. God knows, even George Bush seems
to have come around. As economist Sir Nicholas Smith observed, "It wasn't
until January that President Bush was at all clear there was a problem; now
he's sounding as if he's a leader in the response to this problem."
There's speculation that Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany who is
also a physicist, may have helped persuade Bush to accept a serious
proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 50% by 2050.
Will Gore win the Nobel Peace Prize (a "green" peace prize) to be announced
If he does, the clamor for him to run will certainly increase.