The blog Frankly Curious has a post about the Clinton email scandal with some much-needed context about the Clinton administration's program to declassify documents and Dick Cheney's efforts to reclassify it all back. It's information that's going to get lost in all the hype and hair-wringing.
Over at The National Review, David French mocks Al Gore's dire warnings about global warming from his movie, An Inconvenient Truth, 10 years ago:
Gore declared that unless we took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gasses, the world would reach a “point of no return” in a mere ten years. He called it a “true planetary emergency.” Well, the ten years passed today, we’re still here, and the climate activists have postponed the apocalypse. Again.
Here's the thing though: In the past decade scientists have absolutely reached an overwhelming consensus that man-made climate change is real, and that its effects are devastating. Scientific American has an excellent article trying to tease out the connection between the phenomenon and Hurricane Sandy, which flooded huge portions of the US east coast:
Hurricane Sandy has emboldened more scientists to directly link climate change and storms, without the hedge. On Monday, as Sandy came ashore in New Jersey, Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, tweeted: “Would this kind of storm happen without climate change? Yes. Fueled by many factors. Is [the] storm stronger because of climate change? Yes.”
Al Gore was on the right side of this issue. For the people at the National Review to continue denying the science of climate change is pathetic. It's one more sign of the bankruptcy of the conservative movement.
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