George Will’s April 2 column on global warming is sorely lacking in proper logic. I guess this is to be expected when one doesn’t come to the table with a full deck of cards.
Will claims that in the 1970s, Science Magazine was warning of impending glaciation. He uses this to mock folks today who claim global warming is upon us. The logic is that since scientists were wrong before that they are necessarily wrong today. This logic would be akin to the belief that just because someone is pronounced cancer free today that they’d be cancer free tomorrow.
I understand Will’s political ideology – conservatism. But I didn’t believe that conservatives really thought that things are static. Regardless of political ideology (or poor logic) the earth has for millennia gone through cycling between glacial and interglacial periods.
The problem that scientists have had on the subject of global climate change is that early on they failed to recognize the transitions into and out of the interglacial periods (in which it is proven we are currently in). In past years scientists believed that we’d move directly into the glacial period. Today, thanks to modern technology, scientists are able to see that we’re actually undergoing global warming. Global warming has been found to trigger (and quite suddenly) global cooling — the glaciation cycle.
I agree with Will that there’s “big crusading journalism” going on (it sure worked for drumming up the war against Iraq!), but how can we know that he isn’t part of it? I’ll stick with the obvious signs of disappearing glaciers and scientific data to inform me, thank you very much, George.
It’s sad to see a reasonable conservative like George Will pull out shoddy logic in an effort to rail against those who he sees as being non-conservatives.