This contest was clearly too easy. As the first respondent pointed out, I telegraphed the answer by calling the author of this graph, Dr. Timothy F. Ball, a “distinguished” Canadian climatologist. it seems that sarcasm CAN translate to the printed page once in a while.
The graph, complete with a trend line from the top of one peak to the bottom of the next valley, was taken from a lecture that Ball gave to the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy, which can be found here.
At the World Bank in Washington, officials have posted some new “help wanted” signs. The bank is looking for two good specialists to focus on adapting to global warming. It's a small beginning, perhaps. Still, the ads represent one signal that adaptation is emerging from the political doghouse to take its place among the front-rank options for dealing with climate change.
President Bush is widely considered one of the world's most prominent skeptics of global warming. But to hear White House officials tell it, the world's view of him is wrong. In recent days, White House officials have made a special effort to argue that Bush has always been concerned about climate change. Moreover, they say, he has long acknowledged that human activity may be a significant factor.
I can imagine a world in which urban design is so sensible and public transit so convenient that private automobiles become redundant. In the meantime, it's nice to think that we might still have cars that are fun to drive , even if they aren't based on gas guzzling vehicles of war.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.