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November 23, 2004

Certainly There's More Hot Air

Have doubts about global warming?

Keep you bloody mouth shut, and let your betters do the thinking.

On the one hand, he declared "one need not be a scientist to understand the basics" of global warming, because "any thinking layman can judge for himself." But he says journalists and economists should steer clear of joining the debate. "Mr. Corcoran should stick to his knitting," he said, because the subject is far too complex and scientific.

It turns out the "thinking layman" who can judge warming for himself by scanning the science won't be allowed to judge for himself. Mr. Schindler says the debate over global warming "is in one sense a debate about who the public and policy-makers should believe." And they should only believe the scientists "whose profession is to study the scientific state of the world." Global warming, in short, is so simple any layman can judge, but it's not so simple that any journalist or economist can comment, for fear of corrupting the layman's faith in the religion of science.

And don't be so rude as to mention Mars.

Posted by Bigwig at November 23, 2004 09:26 PM | TrackBack
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Stupid! Everybody knows Mars has global warming because Eeeevil Republicans want to use Halliburton to drill for oil in the frozen Martian polar ice caps. In fact,Mars wouldn't be a "dead planet" if it weren't for a secret deal Prescott Bush made with Hitler and the Saudis to use free guns from a small bank in Omaha to liquidate the baby seals and sell their nose whiskers to greedy Pioneers and Rangers, who used them to fuel their rocket cars.

It's not called "the Red Planet" for nothin'. Us poor li'l ol' Democrats are going to have to think about colonizing Venus, I'm afraid. It's true - dems really are from Venus, Republicans really are from Mars.

- Black "Mike Moore" Avar

Posted by: Blackavar at November 24, 2004 05:46 AM

On a more serious note, Mars is known to have greater extremes of axial tilt than does Earth.  This affects the climate independently of the weather on ol' Sol.

What does this mean in practice?  Mars could be warming up on its own AND our fuelishness could create dangerously high temperatures here.  So long as the facts don't rule this out, we ought to be a lot more cautious.

Posted by: Engineer-Poet at November 24, 2004 09:31 AM

Man, I love it when a comment reponse turns into a post. Muchas gracias, EP. My response is above.

Posted by: Bigwig at November 24, 2004 11:38 AM
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