COOL ON WARMING
Wehner writes in a blog at www.commentarymagazine.com.
“On the Senate floor, for example, he compared Republicans who oppose ObamaCare to those who opposed the abolition of slavery. In Reid’s words: ‘Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans can come up with is this: “Slow down, stop everything, let’s start over.” If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, “Slow down, it’s too early, let’s wait, things aren’t bad enough.” ‘
“For one thing, the Senate majority leader’s retelling of history is a wee bit off. It was the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves. . . . And the only person serving in the Senate today who was an ‘Exalted Cyclops’ — that is, the top officer in a local Ku Klux Klan unit — is former Democratic majority leader Robert Byrd. ...
“Recently, I have taken both James Fallows and E.J. Dionne Jr. to task for their glaring double standard on the issue of incivility in public discourse. Their outrage is expressed only when Republicans cross certain lines; they remain silent when Democrats do. A Dionne colleague wrote me to say I was being unfair to him. Well, then, here’s a fine opportunity for Dionne and Fallows — and for many other commentators — to condemn the kind of hateful rhetoric they say they find so distasteful. It’ll be instructive to see how many actually do.” ers of any specifics the e-mails revealed, Sandell, who didn’t utter a syllable about them on Sunday’s ‘Good Morning America,’ concluded his ‘World News’ piece: ‘The science is solid, according to a vast majority of researchers, with hotter temperatures, melting glaciers, and rising sea level providing the proof.’ ” “Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon,” Steven F. Hayward writes in the Weekly Standard.
“Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners. The U.N.’s [. . .] Copenhagen conference — which was supposed to yield a binding greenhouse-gas emissions-reduction treaty as a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol — collapsed weeks in advance and remains on life-support pending Obama’s magical intervention. Cap-and-trade legislation is stalled on Capitol Hill. Recent opinion polls from Gallup, Pew, Rasmussen, ABC/Washington Post, and other pollsters all find a dramatic decline in public belief in human-caused global warming,” Mr. Hayward said.
“The climate campaigners continue to insist this is because they have a ‘communications’ problem, but after Al Gore’s Nobel Prize/Academy Award double play, millions of dollars in paid advertising, and the relentless doom-mongering from the media echo chamber and the political class, this excuse is preposterous. And now the climate campaign is having its Emperor’s New Clothes moment.
“In mid-November, a large cache of e-mails and technical documents from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Britain were made available on a number of Internet file-servers for download by the public — either the work of a hacker or a leak from a whistleblower on the inside. The e-mails — more than 1,000 of them — reveal a small cabal of scientists who, in the words of MIT’s Michael Schrage, engaged in ‘malice, mischief and Machiavellian maneuverings.’ ”
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