Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Monkeys see no evil, hear no evil

"The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth,'' Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy. The former vice president's movie -- replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets -- mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press. "

This is no surprise for those who've followed the facts on what scientists are saying about global warming in scientific news sources, rather than the main stream media (MSM) reports, which almost always include references to one of the very small number of scientists who deny global warmning, or attribute it solely to natural cycles, and who usually are in fields not related to weather, and who usually turn out to be funded by Mobil-Exxon, which of course are not reported by the MSM.

"While more than 1 million people have seen the movie since it opened in May, that does not include Washington's top science decision makers. President Bush said he won't see it. The heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA
haven't seen it, and the president's science adviser said the movie is on his to-see list."

"They are quite literally afraid to know the truth,'' Gore said. "Because if you accept the truth of what the scientific community is saying, it gives you a moral imperative to start to rein in the 70 million tons of global warming pollution that human civilization is putting into the atmosphere every day.''

It is certainly ironic that severe flooding of the kind to be expected from global warming is occuring right when the leaders of our country are asserting their allegiance to ignorance on the matter. Of course, we can't know that a particular piece of bad weather would not have occurred w/o the greenhouse effect, any more than we can know which of the small percentage of lung cancers would have occurred w/o exposure to tobacco smoke. What scientists can do is predict trends.

I think Gore is being too easy on our "leaders". To choose to avoid knowing the truth in such a matter is in itself immoral.

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