The Washington Monthly‘s Kevin Drum tries to take Michael Gerson to task for being “disingenuous” about “the liberal critique of the Republican war on science.” Drum cites a number of areas he believes conservatives have betrayed science and “global warming denialism” tops the list. Too bad Drum wasn’t listening to the May broadcast of “Fresh Air” where, while promoting the paperback edition of his latest book, Al Gore proclaimed:
And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated. And last year a catastrophic storm from last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.
This is blatant global warming sensationalism. Yes, Gore did later add his careful caveat that “any individual storm can’t be linked singularly to global warming” but the game Gore is playing here is extremely convenient: anytime any weather related disaster happens anywhere in the world, liberals swoop in, point to the dead bodies and claim “climate change” is causing more violent weather around the world.
Never mind that the scientist’s model predicted a very active 2007 hurricane season only to be greeted by the actual reality of a historic low. Never mind that actual observation of the Earth’s temperature has actually fallen over the last ten years contrary to scientists modeling. Never mind that actual observations are now leading to predictions that the Earth’s temperature will not rise for the next ten years either.
There is a war on science all right. And it is being waged by liberals so that they can scare the public into granting them the extensive government control of the entire economy that they have always wanted.