June 3, 2006


REVIEW: of An Inconvenient Truth (ROGER EBERT / June 2, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

I want to write this review so every reader will begin it and finish it. I am a liberal, but I do not intend this as a review reflecting any kind of politics. It reflects the truth as I understand it, and it represents, I believe, agreement among the world's experts.

Global warming is real.

It is caused by human activity. [...]

Am I acting as an advocate in this review? Yes, I am. I believe that to be "impartial" and "balanced" on global warming means one must take a position like Gore's. There is no other view that can be defended.

The Ozone Layer's Recovering (Universe Today, 30 May 2006)
Over the last few decades, scientists have been tracking the depletion of the ozone layer in the Earth's atmosphere. A large hole still opens up over Antarctica, but ozone levels worldwide have stopped declining. The question is why. The relatively recent reduction of ozone-destroying gasses shouldn't make an improvement so quickly. NASA scientists think that atmospheric wind patterns could be transferring ozone around the planet, helping with the recovery. At this rate, we'll return to 1980 levels between 2030 and 2070.

New Storm on Jupiter Hints at Climate Change (Sara Goudarzi, 04 May 2006, Space.com)
A storm is brewing half a billion miles away and in a rare event, astronomers get to watch it closely.

Jupiter is growing a new red spot and the Hubble Space Telescope is photographing the scene. Backyard astronomers have been following the action, too.

"Red Spot Jr." as it is being called, formed after three white oval-shaped storms—two of which were at least 90 years old—merged between 1998 and 2000. [...]

The latest images could provide evidence that Jupiter is in the midst of a global change that can modify temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit on different parts of the globe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2006 10:01 AM

In honor of the possibility that our host might become an English king, I thought I'd use a little limey lingo. Half a billion miles away you say. Deuce it all man, that fellow Bush always bloody well does the done thing. Top drawer wot?

No comment possible on the movie "review" except to repeat ad nauseum that the left is beyond parody.

Posted by: erp at June 3, 2006 11:10 AM

When I was in elementary school in the late 80's/early 90's, I was scared to death about the ozone layer dissappearing. That, acid rain, and the rainforests were all going to be chopped down. They used to scare the bejesus out of us.

Posted by: andrew at June 3, 2006 7:30 PM


Yes, and how about the population explosion, resource depletion, endless flu pandemics, nuclear winter, etc.

Isn't it wonderful how we educated modern types have ourgrown the irrational fear-mongering of traditional religion about sin?

Posted by: Peter B at June 3, 2006 8:22 PM

andrew, what a delight to have another young person among us. How did you off load the years of indoctrination and reach the truth?

Posted by: erp at June 4, 2006 9:42 AM

I have heard Gore holds up China as having better emission standards than the United States. This is a joke.

China is an environmental disaster and it is not because of its laws. It is because of the lack of enforcement of the laws. China’s car emission laws may be better than the United States’, but that is basically irrelevant because there are a huge number of cars there whose emissions would probably not meet anyone’s standards.

Posted by: China Law Blog at June 5, 2006 4:07 PM