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The Fierce Urgency of Now

I see that the world is being saved again, because important officials are gathering in Paris for climate talks.

I had a memory — of August 2009. Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, said, “We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.”

Now, what did he mean? He meant that climate talks were going to be held in Copenhagen in December.

At the time, I wrote,

Here is my question: How do the global-warming people expect to be taken seriously when they talk that way? How? Who can take them seriously? I know they want to rev people up, and don’t mind a little exaggeration. But how can they go as far as they do without losing all credibility — indeed, without appearing less than sane?

If only people were as alarmed about Iran’s nuclear program as they are about global warming . . . Come to think of it, there’s probably not a lot of global-warming hysteria in Israel.

Bingo. Well said. (Oh, sorry — that was not a comment for me to make.)

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