Thursday, June 4, 2009

Will 6/4/09

Global Warming and Journalistic Professionalism

My take on George Will's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: Global Warming has degraded beyond scientific discussion, even below rational discussion, and has become just a culture choice.

In the history of developed democracies with literate publics served by mass media, there is no precedent for today's media enlistment in the crusade to promote global warming "awareness." Concerning this, journalism, which fancies itself skeptical and nonconforming, is neither.

My Views: It is difficult to believe that all this carbon emmissions could not be affecting the atmosphere somehow. My problem is what Will describes in this column: belief in (Manmade) Global Warming has become part of left wing ideology. It's like trying to talk to someone about abortion. Reasoned discussion is no longer possible. And that's too bad - because there are a lot of people in the middle (like me) who could be persuaded either way.

By the way, what is the news about Mars experiencing Global Warming mean? - And the stuff about the Sun going through periodic cycles, the sunspots, for instance? What's up with that? Are we really sure that all these news stories have no bearing on Global Warming? - That the Earth would not warm up even without man-made emmissions?

George Will almost didn't make it as a syndicated columnist. His style was considered too erudite for a general audience.

Whatever one thinks of his views, read his work for use of language and for how he marshals facts and uses logic.

Here's his Wiki bio.

His latest book is at the right.