Skunks and such

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Check out this pas­sage from the Nov. 8 CO2 Science mag­a­zine:

“Con­trary to all the hor­ror sto­ries one hears about global warm­ing-in­duced­mass­wasta­ge­oftheAntarc­tic ice sheet lead­ing to ris­ing sea lev­els that gob­ble up coastal low­lands world­wide,the­mostre­cent­decadeof per­ti­nent real-world data sug­gest that forces lead­ing to just the op­po­site ef­fect are ap­par­ently pre­vail­ing, even in the face of what cli­mate alarmists typ­i­cally de­scribe as the great­est warm­ing of the world in the past two mil­len­nia or more.”

Of course, by pub­lish­ing this para­graph,In­sid­e­theBelt­way­could be ac­cused of the “cli­mate-change de­nial strat­egy” that Repub­li­can Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine and Demo­cratic Sen. John D. Rock­e­feller IV of West Vir­ginia say ex­ists, the pair cit­ing a “small num­ber of pro­fes­sional skep­tics work­ing through sci­en­tific-sound­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to fun­nel their view­points” through var­i­ous me­dia.

One such cli­mate-change de­nial front group, ac­cord­ing to the pair, is the Wash­ing­ton-based Com­pet­i­tive En­ter­priseIn­sti­tute.The­group­doesn’t deny that global warm­ing ex­ists; it’s just skep­ti­cal whether man is to blame rather than Mother Na­ture.

We dropped by the CEI to get a re­ac­tion to the sen­a­tors’ charges from se­nior fel­low and coun­sel Christo­pher C. Horner, who over­sees lit­i­ga­tion on top­ics such as gov­ern­ment science, en­vi­ron­ment and en­ergy is­sues, in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal treaties and cli­mate pol­icy. Wouldn’t you know, he was busy at that mo­ment an­swer­ing to con­cerns in Colorado about the hog­nosed skunk ex­pected to mul­ti­ply be­cause of cli­matic warm­ing.

Ac­tu­ally, Mr. Horner is go­ing to have a dif­fi­cult time con­vinc­ing one po­lit­i­cal group in Colorado oth­er­wise. It so hap­pens that the head­quar­ters for Demo­crat Jay Fawcett’s cam­paign for Colorado’s 5th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict was van­dal­ized on Elec­tion Day. One re­port says that when work­ers ar­rived at cam­paig­nof­fices,they­w­ere­greeted with a vile “skunk” aroma, which made it im­pos­si­ble to get any work ac­com­plished.

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