It’s that time of year again.
“How’s Global Warming doing this summer?” I said cheerily to Henny-Penny, founder and Recording Secretary of The Holy Order of the Sky is Falling.
H-P: You needn’t be so flippant. The Eastern half of the country, not to mention all of Russia, is sizzling. It’s just as our Pontiff, Al Gore, predicted. If we don’t cap and trade carbon emissions the whole planet is in peril. Fortunately, his wonderful film, An Inconvenient Truth, is being shown on many college campuses so we are getting the word out.
Me: Speaking of your pontiff, I’m reminded of something Ronald Reagan once said: “It’s not that liberals don’t know anything; it’s that they know so many things that aren’t true.” Did you know that a British court a few years ago ruled that An Inconvenient Truth cannot be shown in U.K. classrooms without materials that point out its inaccuracies?
H-P: Inaccuracies. What inaccuracies?
Me: The film claims that a study showed that melting Arctic ice caused polar bears to drown. In fact, the study showed that a particularly violent storm caused four polar bears to drown.
H-P: That’s just one minor item.
Me: Try this. The film suggests that Global Warming could stop the Gulf Stream, leading to an ice age in Europe. They found this to be scientifically impossible.
H-P: The judges must be Global Warming deniers.
Me: No. They just went over the film with a fine-toothed comb. For example, it claims that rising sea levels have caused some South seas islands to be evacuated. The court concluded this was a false claim.
H-P: There’s no question that Greenland’s glaciers and Antarctica’s ice sheet are melting.
Me: The film would like us to believe this will happen very soon. The evidence is that it would take thousands of years for Greenland’s glaciers to melt and in Antarctica the ice is actually increasing.
H-P: Well, we certainly know that Global Warm — er — Climate Change caused Hurricane Katrina.
Me: The British court found it was “not possible” to attribute such a single event to Global Warming.
H-P: You can’t deny that Climate Change is threatening the loss of some species and causes the bleaching of coral reefs.
Me: It’s not I who denies this. The British court found no evidence to support either claim.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?