Skunks and such
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.