In case you doubted it, there are still those arguing that global warming is a figment of Al Gore's fevered imagination. Our local Contra Costa Times, for instance, ran an opinion piece the other day that began:
[Challenge] global warming hysteria next time you're at a cocktail party and see what happens.
Admittedly, I possess virtually no expertise in science. That puts me in exactly the same position as most dogmatic environmentalists who want to craft public policy around global warming fears.
The only inconvenient truth about global warming, contends Colorado State University's Bill Gray, is that a genuine debate has never actually taken place. Hundreds of scientists, many of them prominent in the field, agree.
Gray is perhaps the world's foremost hurricane expert. His Tropical Storm Forecast sets the standard. Yet, his criticism of the global warming "hoax" makes him an outcast.
"They've been brainwashing us for 20 years," Gray says. "Starting with the nuclear winter and now with the global warming. This scare will also run its course. In 15-20 years, we'll look back and see what a hoax this was."
Yes, well, the reason the guy's an outcast--if you take "outcast" to mean "disagreed with because holding views at odds with the overwhelming scientific consensus"--is that the vast majority of scientists disagree with him, on scientific grounds.
Anyway, more on the "hottest hoax around" from Mark Fiore. (Click on the cartoon to watch.)