And Margaret Wente: Facts make me itchy

Thu, 2005-12-08 14:22Jim Hoggan
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And Margaret Wente: Facts make me itchy

In columnist Margaret Wente's periodic rant (to which the Toronto Globe and Mail denies access unless you are an online subscriber), we are treated to the rhetorical question: “Why wreck a good story with the fine print?”

Why, indeed? Certainly, Wente is careful not to offend on that count.

 Her general tack on climate change – an issue into which she regularly dips her toe, but no more – is to dismiss the issue as unknowable, and to castigate anyone who expresses concern as a wrong-headed enviro-whacko or a dupe. In a recent column, for example, she made fun of her uptown friends who have switched to driving hybrid SUVs, a gesture that Wente condemned as hollow. It turns out that fuel efficiency in a hybrid SUV, while an improvement, is still much worse than, say, a bicycle. Wente ridiculed her friends' unwillingness to make a bigger sacrifice as a show of insincerity. Really, if you're going to be cavalier, why not deny the problem altogether?

Wente's own allergy to complexity leads her frequently to the same conclusion. As she says in this column, after offering up some strained contradictions: “Who's right? How should I know?”

Wente is proud to keep an open mind – a mind uncluttered by the facts that created a consensus among the best climate scientists in the world. But her avowed lack of insight doesn't keep her from joining the debate. Far from it, she continues to argue strenuously that everyone should stick to their full-gas Hummers pending final, irrevocable, undeniable, incontrovertible proof that the last gasping climate change denier is a charlatan.

And the precautionary principle be damned.

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Jim Hoggan: … the precautionary principle be damned … You’ve got that right Jim. If our forefathers had followed the anti-science, anti-intellectual precautionary principle, the demonstrably dangerous inventions that have made our lives so pleasant wouldn’t exist. AC ELECTRICITY: forget it. (Actually, Westinghouse did try to stop it for “safety reasons”) AUTOMOBILES: High speeds, explosively flamable gasoline. Horribly dangerous stuff. AIRCRAFT: If God wanted men to fly he’d hsve given them wings STEEL FRAMED TALL BUIDINGS: What if one should fall down? And on and on. Call it the Luddite principle. Part of the creed of the lunatic Church of Climatology.

Well Done…. I also wonder what Wente’s “good story” is? If we continue on this path there surely can’t be a happy ending…


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