I guess it had to happen sooner or later, what with the hysteria and all. When a doomsday scenario like apocalyptic global warming gets put out there and the Left hitches its wagon to it, if wagons don’t soon thereafter replace deadly emissive automobiles as the primary mode of transportation, the Left will throw out some pretty injudicious rhetoric.
Take Ellen Goodman, for instance, a nationally known, long-time columnist for the Boston Globe. She’s always been basically a standard-issue liberal, given to not unpleasant anecdotal dawdlings, nothing too radical, just the usual stuff which, while debatable, is generally within the mainstream.
But change the subject to global warming and the formerly rational pundit goes enviro-cuckoo. Witness her column of February 9, 2007, which was her response to the latest global warming report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It starts out sane enough with a couple of mildly amusing paragraphs about buying an environmentally friendly light bulb and mentioning the planet-friendly Prius that she drives.
But then she suddenly careens out of control:
“I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.”
Holy smoke! Or should I say, holy carbon dioxide emissions! Global warming deniers are now equivalent to Holocaust deniers? Ellen, honey, are you sure you want to stand by a statement so egregiously outrageous that by all rights your writing career should be finished (though of course it won’t be since when it comes to well-meaning liberals, any statement, no matter how outlandish or illogical, can be gotten away with)?
Personally, I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for a retraction, or even a clarification, of her truly unhinged assertion. Therefore, the best thing to do is expose it for the illogical buncombe that it is.
So, her basic position appears to be that either you believe in global warming and its worst case potential consequences with the fervor and absoluteness of a snake-handling Pentecostal fundamentalist or you’re a slobbering, inbred global warming denier on a par with a Holocaust denier.
Well, guess what? In reality, it isn’t quite that cut and dry. There’s a whole range of skeptical beliefs that don’t neatly fit into Goodman’s one-size-fits-all, global-warming-deniers-are-scum box. But since she is either clueless about the many nuanced positions or just didn’t feel like trifling with them, allow me to elaborate:
1. Some people believe the planet has warmed, but human activity has had nothing to do with it.