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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Global Warming -- a hoax ?

What's up with Michael Crichton ? In spite of being a fan of his books (Sphere, Prey to name a few) I avoided his State of Fear, after reading the reviews. And, rightfully so. Now he gets to testify before a Senate committee to say that that the science of global warming is mixed at best. Apparently, State of Fear was provided as a reading for the committee members by James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, who calls global warming as "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people". Go figure. I hate this book as becoming fodder for politicians who dont give a hoot about this pressing issue, and who are trying to make sure it goes out of public memory soon. Is the science sketchy, like Crichton claims? Granted, its not a easy thing to provide a conclusive link between global warming and greenhouse gases, but I think most informed scientists would agree to this. There is one fact that cannot be wished away by anyone -- and those are the effects that global warming is producing. Melting artic ice caps. Flooding threats to coastlines, even entire countries. Melting glaciers which will affect agriculture......to name a few. And the people who are making claims about linking these to greenhouse gases are not radical environmentalists, but researchers, including some from government agencies like NASA. People like Inhofe think that they can sit in their little corner of the world and not be bothered about some damn ice cap a couple of thousand miles away.....good luck to them.


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