about climate change and Al Gore's approach to it would do well to have a look at this essay
by the libertarian magazine Reason
's science writer Ronald Bailey, author of Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse
. Bailey comes clean:
I didn't get any stacks of $20 dollar bills in brown paper bags from ExxonMobil...I also don't think that I was duped by paid-off scientists....But was I too skeptical, demanding too much evidence or ignoring evidence that cut against what I wanted to believe? Perhaps. In hindsight I can only plead that there is no magic formula for deciding when enough evidence has accumulated that a fair-minded person must change his or her mind on a controversial scientific issue. With regard to global warming it finally did for me in the last year....So then not a whore, just virtuously wrong.
It's always nice when a "science writer" actually heeds science. It's even nicer when someone chooses intellectual honesty over stubborn ideology. Over to you, W.