Since this is an entertainment blog, I try to limit any political comments so as to try to keep things on the straight and narrow.

However, the global warming issue has spilled over into the media world, as evidenced by February’s Oscar win for “An Inconvenient Truth”, Al Gore’s assault in the war on Global Warming.

So, this allows me to inject some of my thoughts into the discussion.

First off, let me say that we could and should do much more to limit and/or eliminate the amount of pollution our industries and commerce generate. It just makes sense. And the ever-evolving advances in technology make that a distinct goal we should strive for.

That being said, I do not believe that mankind’s efforts are contributing to the current “warming trend” in any significant way. I sure do believe that we’re not helping matters, but that’s a far cry to fossil fuels leading to the destruction of our planet.

Being in the classical/opera music business, you can imagine that a lot of my colleagues and friends would be from what could be considered a left leaning way of thinking. Along with other global warming devotees they have, in large part, embraced Mr. Gore’s film and the ex-Vice President himself as saviors of the planet. It’s extremely difficult to argue with these folks. Namely because they use each piece of “Inconvenient Truth” as incontrovertible fact. Moreover, they say that there is such an overwhelming consensus among scientists and meteorologists that any dissent to the contrary should be labeled as ignorant, even dangerous.

In today’s Newsweek (hardly a bastion of conservative thought), comes this article from Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at a little school you might have heard of, MIT. You can find the article by clicking here.

In the article, Lindzen explains that the earth is always under various stages of warming and cooling. He further indicates that our definition of “normal” temperatures comes only from our brief experience. Global warming advocates have said that our recent rise in temperatures cannot be attributed to natural causes, therefore it must as a result of our actions. Hardly true scientific reasoning, he says.

This guy is saying all of the things I wanted to say on this issue, except he’s an expert. Please read and comment. Pro or con, just would love to hear from you.

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