Jay Nordlinger’s latest Impromptus has this little nugget:
I wonder what people, generations from now, will think about our current obsession with — not to say hysteria over — global warming. Paul Johnson, for one, thinks that people will think we underwent a bout of mass madness. I imagine they will. Senator Stabenow, from my home state of Michigan, has said, “Climate change is very real. Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying.” This is the type of thing that kindergarteners might say, before being gently disabused by their parents.
And what about the secretary-general of the United Nations? In a recent speech, he said, “We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.” (If you’re interested in the full speech, go here.)
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.