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A number of years ago I debated a close friend on environmental issues. As a scientist with a PhD. he supposedly was qualified to opine where I was not. Yet I did not feel that his appeal to authority trumped any argument I might have based on the subject as it touched morality. I can recall one debate he and I had more than a decade ago about the propriety of embedding ceramic shards in trees to deter logging efforts. For those unaware, a logger who took a chainsaw to such a ‘spiked’ tree would find himself in serious danger from razor-sharp ceramic shards. No points for guessing which side I came down on. I was unmoved by the idea that science could determine the righteousness of such a question – it seemed pure emotion to me and I said so.

I was reminded of that long ago debate by today’s news about an attack in MD.

Although one extremist does not indict an entire group, that extremist can reflect on the group depending upon how the group reacts. It is hardly uncommon to see the group rally around the individual or the cause and rationalize otherwise reprehensible actions in defense of the cause. It is common currency on the Left to indict all conservatives for the actions of a few extremists. I saw this recently in the NYC mosque debate which among some of my liberal friends somehow morphed into the killing of abortion doctors, though every Christian of my acquaintance denounced the handful of such incidents. I know of no one who approves of Timothy McVeigh and his murderous actions. But the Left, so quick to point the finger, has not in my experience denounced its own.

So here’s an opportunity for the environmental Left – as much a religion as any I’ve seen – to denounce their extremist. Anyone?

Update: Evidently, that denunciation will need to include Al Gore.

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September 2, 2010 at 1:54 am

Eight Republican Fools

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Eight Republican members of congress – fools each and every one if them – have voted for the so-called “climate change bill” according to Reuters.

Those are eight Republican fools who need to lose their next election. I’ll post the particulars when I learn them.


American Thinker names the fools and their telephone numbers. Scroll to the bottom.

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June 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Who Will Break the News to the House of Lords?

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Oh dear – it seems the earth was quite a bit warmer in the past:

The fossilised bones of two ancient hippos have been found in Norfolk.

They are said to be more than 450,000 years old and were recovered from a quarry along with horse, hyena, fish and a variety of rodent remains.

Researchers believe the fossils open a new window on the UK’s past in the early Middle Pleistocene when average temperatures were about 2C higher.

Do you suppose the hippos were burning fossil fuels before becoming fossils?

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June 30, 2004 at 11:58 pm

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Behind the Times

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From the Guardian:

Tony Blair today comes under criticism from a group of scientists and diplomats for failing to use Britain’s “special relationship” with the US to put pressure on US president George Bush to ratify the Kyoto protocol.

The intervention is made by peers on the cross-party House of Lords science and technology committee, whose members demand that Britain redouble its efforts to persuade Mr Bush to change his mind on climate change.

How cute is it that? The House of Lords – as antiquated and rickety an institution as there is – has a science and technology committee.  One can certainly afford a wry little grin at the notion of their lordships discussing the latest advances in ornithology or marveling over that newfangled technology the steam engine.  Indeed, that last seems much on their minds what with the coming ice age and what.

Clearly, however, they appear to have missed the vote in an elected upper house, which nixed the thing 95-0.  They also appear to have missed that little bit that piece of foolscrap known as the United States Constitution which requires all treaties to be ratified by the Senate in addition to bearing the president’s signature.

Oh well, perhaps they think that those pesky colonists will come around.  But really, isn’t it time for tea and some of that clotted cream to go along with that clotted thinking?

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June 29, 2004 at 10:15 pm

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