Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

NY Times On Cooling Gore’s Global Warming Hype

There is no doubt that human activity negatively affects the environment in a multitude of ways. Human activity has contributed to the extinction of a vast number of species and degraded the environment. And, that’s generally not a good thing in an ecosystem that is diversity based. Not to be outdone, Mother Nature herself if not shy about wiping out plant and animal species. The key question is how much insult can the ecosystem absorb? The Al Gore global warming bandwagon asserts that the earth has reached the tipping point. Scientifically, Gore’s point is not universally accepted. Politically, Gore’s point is perfect for the leftist agenda because they need something to catch the attention of the public and counter the real now and here developing worldwide disaster of Islamofacism, which they are ignoring.

But, maybe the Gore message is beginning to founder on its own hype. Today’s article in the NY Times entitled, From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype, suggests that is the case.

Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary. So do many environmentalists, who praise him as a visionary, and many scientists, who laud him for raising public awareness of climate change.

But part of his scientific audience is uneasy. In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism.

When the preeminent left leaning NY Times jumps ship, something is up.