Friday, October 29, 2010

The Latest Silliness from the NY Times

Gee, its been, what, a week since I posted about silliness in the New York Times. Here is the latest and it pertains to -- what else? -- global warming:

“Just as few people saw a moral problem with slavery in the 18th century, few people in the 21st century see a moral problem with the burning of fossil fuels,” Professor Hoffman said. “Will people in 100 years look at us with the same incomprehension we feel toward 18th-century defenders of slavery?

This statement is so wrong on so many levels.

First of all, any American history book will tell you the founders were highly conflicted about slavery and that conflict led to the horrible 3/5th's Compromise. From what I have read, a majority of Americans in 1783 were against slavery but the founders felt it was important for the South to be part of the Union. While this was a poor decision that would result, 70 years later, in the Civil War, it is hardly correct to say "few" people had a moral problem with slavery.

Second, more and more scientists are moving away from any consensus that 'global warming' is somehow settled. I have documented many of them on this blog.

Third, to compare support of slavery to doubt about a speculative scientific hypothesis is morally revulsive. There is no comparison between the two.

I can't wait for the election to be over. Maybe some of this silliness will stop.

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