Well, his writing sure seems fevered. The New York Times over the weekend carried this Big Brother-ish op-ed — “If You See Something, Say Something” — by the Penn State global-warming-monger, Nobel Peace Prize non-awardee, and National Review suer.
If the hyperbole police pull him over, the professor would be ticketed for just this opening paragraph:
The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science. This virulent strain of anti-science infects the halls of Congress, the pages of leading newspapers and what we see on TV, leading to the appearance of a debate where none should exist.
How many superlatives, how much vitriol and sanctimony can you crowbar into one paragraph: Overwhelming . . . fringe minority . . . irrational rejection . . . well-established . . . virulent . . . anti-science . . . infects. Zounds.
As for the ensuing screed, Mann encourages scientists to take a cue from a government agency: “Our Department of Homeland Security has urged citizens to report anything dangerous they witness: ‘If you see something, say something.’ We scientists are citizens, too, and, in climate change, we see a clear and present danger.” Scientists are like citizens reporting suspicious activity to TSA bureaucrats? Mann seems immune to the irony of holding up the DHS as a model for free inquiry and political engagement.