Saturday, January 20, 2007
Global Warming Scaredy Cats IIScared of debate, scared of free speech, the global warming alarmists sure are scaredy cats.
The Wall Street Journal has found another example: Al Gore apparently is afraid to face a genuinely challenging interviewer. The WSJ article begins:
Will Al Gore Melt?I speculate that Al Gore's a scaredy cat.
By Flemming Rose and Bjorn Lomborg
January 18, 2007; Page A16
Al Gore is traveling around the world telling us how we must fundamentally change our civilization due to the threat of global warming. Today he is in Denmark to disseminate this message. But if we are to embark on the costliest political project ever, maybe we should make sure it rests on solid ground. It should be based on the best facts, not just the convenient ones. This was the background for the biggest Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, to set up an investigative interview with Mr. Gore. And for this, the paper thought it would be obvious to team up with Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist," who has provided one of the clearest counterpoints to Mr. Gore's tune.
The interview had been scheduled for months. Mr. Gore's agent yesterday thought Gore-meets-Lomborg would be great. Yet an hour later, he came back to tell us that Bjorn Lomborg should be excluded from the interview because he's been very critical of Mr. Gore's message about global warming and has questioned Mr. Gore's evenhandedness. According to the agent, Mr. Gore only wanted to have questions about his book and documentary, and only asked by a reporter. These conditions were immediately accepted by Jyllands-Posten. Yet an hour later we received an email from the agent saying that the interview was now cancelled. What happened?
One can only speculate...
Addendum, 1/21/07: In response to this post, Daily Kos has posted a series of shots of cats offended at the notion of being compared to Al Gore. Poor cats! For their sake, let's hope the alarmists stop ducking the real issues, so I can stop this "scaredy cat" series.
Addendum, 1/23/07: Here's Warner Todd Huston's take on this, from NewsBusters.
Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:32 PM