Environment

Unbelievable

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJul 24, 2006 4:48 PM

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From the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan:

During the past week's heat wave--it hit 100 degrees in New York City Monday--I got thinking, again, of how sad and frustrating it is that the world's greatest scientists cannot gather, discuss the question of global warming, pore over all the data from every angle, study meteorological patterns and temperature histories, and come to a believable conclusion on these questions: Is global warming real or not? If it is real, is it necessarily dangerous? What exactly are the dangers? Is global warming as dangerous as, say, global cooling would be? Are we better off with an Earth that is getting hotter or, what with the modern realities of heating homes and offices, and the world energy crisis, and the need to conserve, does global heating have, in fact, some potential side benefits, and can those benefits be broadened and deepened? Also, if global warning is real, what must--must--the inhabitants of the Earth do to meet its challenges? And then what should they do to meet them?

Well, some of these questions aren't purely scientific...but as for the first one, this has been done already. It's called the IPCC. Do you folks suppose that Noonan literally does not know that? Or if she does, then what's here excuse for writing in this way?

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