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Lastly, I believe that Mr. Blankley can rest assured that the worm he has spoken of will, in fact, turn. I have no doubt that the forces of the United States military will guarantee it. That is assuming, of course, that the cut-and-run crowd in Congress doesn’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (again).

COL. BLAKE J. ROBERTSON

Marine Corps (retired)

Stafford, Va.

A cool response

The ho-hum “Live Earth” concerts are over and marked only by some casual interest in the self-aggrandizing and childish effort (“Concerts rock the Earth,” Page 1, Sunday). A comparison with the “Children’s Crusade” of similarly benighted and mislead youths of the Middle Ages reveals some interesting similarities.

A charismatic leader named Peter the Hermit convinced the major European powers that a crusade of the all and sundry, including many children, marching on the Holy Land would succeed in convincing the “evil nonbelievers” to abandon their nasty ways and leave the place to the good guys. The results were less than spectacular, pretty rough on the kids (being enslaved and all) and only slightly irritating to the heavily armed occupants of Jerusalem and its surroundings.

Today we see a similar tale, with pie-in-the-sky believers blindly following the unlikely and questionable direction of a former vice president and “carbon footprint” entrepreneur into the new Holy Land of Kyoto. There the evil rapscallions who are toasting mother earth will be driven into the wilderness of government enforced energy conservation and recycling, all amid the wailing and gnashing of corporate teeth. Give me a break.

Al Gore’s global warming activities promote what many of us skeptical CO2 exhaling denizens of earth regard as a hyper-scam. He shows amazing chutzpah in usurping scientific method and replacing it with questionable factoids while assuming an uninvited and self-proclaimed mantle of authority to speak for an earth that now supposedly has all the illogical symptoms of a nervous hypochondriac with a broken thermometer.

Some years ago as a geography major in college, I was taught that we live on a planet that orbits a “variable star.” That mighty thermonuclear furnace 93 million miles away and 333,000 times more massive than our world is almost entirely responsible for the rise and fall of temperatures here on earth. In light of this undeniable and so inconvenient fact, arguing that humanity is more than infinitesimally responsible for global temperature change is as ridiculous as declaring that swarms of giant mice cause earthquakes by jumping up and down.

Many of the loudest supporters of the unproven but much ballyhooed theory that humans cause global warming are the same experts who 20 years ago, with the help of fatuous and obviously still biased media reporting, decried our civilization’s responsibility in creating the new ice age that was coming shortly to make freezy pops of us all. Once the bloom was off of that particular rose they handily backed oars in the fickle river of grants and subsidized studies to claim that soon we are all going to be living in an underwater sauna.

JOHN LEWIS

Baltimore

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