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Contrasts in Climate Change

Leonard Gilroy
January 23, 2005, 2:56pm

Hope you get a chuckle out of this climate change juxtaposition like I did. First, The Indepenent offers the banal observation that the sky is falling, and it's our fault: Not so fast, according to new research: Both reports agree that human activity is a significant contributor to global warming (a matter of some debate, I might add), but that's where the similarity ends. With disagreements as vast as this in the science of climate change, the folly of Kyoto and other anti-warming public policy interventions seems blatantly obvious. I'd imagine that someone could conceivably look at these two pieces and try to argue that there's some "Goldilocks" target range of global temperature that we should strive for...not hot enough to fry us and not cold enough to freeze us. But the Earth's climate has been and always will be a dynamic phenomenon, like plate tectonics. Just as we can't stop tectonic plates from shifting and the mountains from rising and falling, it's hubristic to think that we can control climate through policy and planning. (Hat tip:

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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