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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Global Warming

Global warming is the hot topic these days. I've just read an article that states that while the sea ice in the northern hemisphere is shrinking, it is increasing in the southern hemisphere. Yes, 2% of Antartica is warming, but that means that 98% is not.

Al Gore was scheduled for an interview with a Danish newspaper on global warming along with Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore. At the last minute Mr. Gore's agent said that Mr. Lomborg should be excluded from the interview because he's been critical of Mr. Gore and his message. Mr. Gore only wanted questions on his book and documentary. Shortly after the newspaper agreed to these stipulations, Mr. Gore cancelled the interview.

Why? It seems to me that if you truly believe in what you're saying and you are saying facts, you should be willing to share that information with everyone, even those who are critical of you. In his movie, Mr. Gore talks about a sea-level rise of 20 feet flooding Florida, San Francisco, New York, Holland, etc. According to the UN Climate Panel, only a foot of sea level rise this century is expected.

I don't put much stock in the idea of global warming. Perhaps, we are ending the ice age. I agree our weather has been strange lately - snow in LA and Las Vegas, record warmth in the northeast. In time, I believe this will even out.

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