Sometimes I lie awake and wonder: will we be able to destroy various dangerous things in time to save them (Social Security, secular government in Iraq, the Bill of Rights…)? The list of things to fear is growing every day. Soon we may all wear Kleenex boxes as we shuffle around our darkened rooms. At least that would speed up airport security checks-- no shoes to scan while the hold fills up with un-inspected freight.
At least the Earth is safe from global warming. Michael Crichton has looked into it, and we have nothing to worry about.
Still the scientists, unaware that novelists and right-wing TV hosts have settled the question, continue to take data and run models. Grant-mongers.
It turns out that “it’s the ocean, stupid.” According to Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the search for evidence of global warming has tended to focus on the atmosphere, but 90 percent of global warming goes into the Earth's oceans.
At a recent meeting scientists said they have convincing new evidence that ocean temperatures are rising enough to have alarming consequences, such as species extinction and disruption of deep ocean currents. Whiners. We don't need no stinking sea birds, and what has the Gulf Stream done for us lately?
"This is perhaps the most compelling evidence yet that global warming is happening right now”, said Barnett, “the debate… is over at least for rational people."
He doesn’t know George W. Bush.