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Required Reading, Part III

4:25 PM, Aug 6, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
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From the New York Times, "Learning to Speak Climate" by Tom "The World is Melting" Friedman

Tom Friedman has written his fourth straight column on environmental matters. Yippee! Obviously, Friedman is trying to get on to the Al Gore gravy train, the one that allowed the prophet of environmental down to purchase a swanky new yacht.

Friedman's article starts on an encouraging note:

I simply do not have the words to describe the awesome majesty of Greenland's Kangia Glacier, shedding massive icebergs the size of skyscrapers and slowly pushing them down the Ilulissat Fjord until they crash into the ocean off the west coast of Greenland.

For a second there, I said "Whew!" - he doesn't have the words to wax rhapsodic about Greenland so maybe he'll say something interesting. Little did I know that what would follow would be even more painful than watching Friedman grasp for words he could not find.

Our kids are going to be so angry with us one day.

We've charged their future on our Visa cards. We've added so many greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, for our generation's growth, that our kids are likely going to spend a good part of their adulthood, maybe all of it, just dealing with the climate implications of our profligacy. And now our leaders are telling them the way out is "offshore drilling" for more climate-changing fossil fuels.
Madness. Sheer madness.

Most people assume that the effects of climate change are going to be felt through another big disaster, like Katrina.

Obviously Friedman has decided that global warming is a pernicious thing caused 100% by man. It would be nice if he could share the evidence that led him to that conclusion rather than just shriek hysterics on the matter. Perhaps once again he "simply lacks the words." He has also reached the strange conclusion that the blame for Hurricane Katrina properly belongs at the metaphorical feet of fossil fuel consumption.

As Friedman might say, I simply do not have the words to describe the simple-minded obtuseness of this column.