- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Throwing out every pretense of objective journalism, this weeks Time magazine features a 15-page "Special Report," on global warming.
In a level of hysteria greater than the rising waters predicted from global warming, the article pictures earth in a frying pan on the cover, and argues, "Except for nuclear war or a collision with an asteroid, no force has more potential to damage our planets web of life than global warming."
The article suggests that sea levels could rise up to three feet, and includes full-color maps showing sea-level rises of over 10 feet, just in case readers miss the point. Other predicted disasters include "Agriculture being thrown into turmoil," increases in cases of numerous tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and of course, "A rise in heat-related deaths."
According to Time, this is all settled science, "Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions that humans are at least partially responsible." For authority, Time cites the wildly politicized United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Yet respectable scientists have questioned, and continue to question such work. James Hansen, one of the grandfathers of the global warming hypothesis admitted in an article to the National Academy of Sciences, "The forcings that drive long-term climate change areosols, clouds, land-use patterns are not known with an accuracy sufficient to define future climate change." Atmospheric scientist Fred Singer is even more direct, claiming, "the evidence against a warming trend is overwhelming." Moreover, climatology and atmospheric science are still, at best, poorly understood. Models of global warming are just that hypothetical constructs with vast variabilties in predictions, simply because much of the data is so uncertain.
Not that this matters to Time. Instead, the article suggests that President Bush is governing like an "oil-patch President." It notes that governments around the world have condemned Mr. Bushs announcement that Kyoto was dead as "uniformed and even reckless," even though virtually none of them have plans to implement its provisions. In what can only be seen as a punctuation point, Time notes that U.S. actions were called "irresponsible," by the foreign ministry of China.
Even more irresponsible is Times interactive environmental quiz which is featured on the articles website. There lucky respondents can recycle Times tirade, and, if they answer enough of the questions correctly, they are said to be well on their way to becoming members of the Green Party, especially ironic considering that Ralph Naders raiders allegedly gave the presidency to Mr. Bush by taking votes from Mr. Gore in Florida.
Perhaps even environmental sins can be forgiven by ideologues sufficiently heated by global warming. The last page of Times issue features a special letter to the Mr. Bush, signed by such champions of the environment as Walter Cronkite, George Soros, Jimmy Carter and Mikhail Gorbachev, urging him to "develop a plan to reduce U.S. production of greenhouse gasses," for the sake of "the future of our childrenand their children." If Mr. Bush is so concerned about passing hot air down to his decendants, he should instead suggest that they never buy another copy of Time.

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