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Friday, February 02, 2007

Margaret Wente - tell us what you know!

Today Margaret Wente's legend grew just a little bit larger. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a vast network of scientists from around the world, released its landmark report. It predicts dire consequences if we don't take our green responsibilities seriously.

Why am I left so impressed with Margaret Wente? If she can stare down such an impressive array of scientists, then she must know something spectatcular. Just a couple days ago, via an online Globe and Mail conversation, she tantalized us with this:

"The scientific consensus certainly says that human activity contributes to climate change. But my own reading (and interviews with scientists and other experts) has led me to conclude that there is great uncertainty about what impact climate change may have, how serious it might be and what we can do about it. I think that climate alarmists have had a terrible influence on what should be a rational debate.
So chalk me up as a climate realist. Do we need to take climate change seriously? Yes. Is it a planetary emergency? In my view, no."


What is it that she reads? Who does she talk to? What does she know that all those world-renowned scientists in Paris do not? It's a fascinating thought. Firstly, she must have attended some impressive journalism school, if it equipped with the tools necessary to evaluate critically a complex scientific consensus. Most of them just teach you how to write.

I'm particularly fascinated with this secret panel of experts she seems to chair. Perhaps they meet underground, laughing at our deluded public and smoking their cigarettes (which they know actually cure cancer). Perhaps they meet on the ocean's floor. After all, they can tell you what the Confederacy of Dunces at the WHO will not - that humans are perfectly capable of living and breathing under water.

Or maybe she just fits squarely into the lineage of the "world is flat", "Darwin has lost his mind" types. The most difficult aspect of a conservative existence must be that as sure as you are about this one, you have to live with the fact that your kind has been on the wrong side of every debate in human history.

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Anonymous skdadl said...

Well, if she were one of the leading scientists or economists approached by the American Enterprise Institute (see today's Guardian) to say pretty much what she just said, she could claim $10,000.

I'm sure she's not doing that, of course.

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Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Wow: http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/bribes-offered-to-scientists/2007/02/02/1169919530963.html

Thanks for the heads up.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Red Jenny said...

I miss Wente Watch, but maybe you could take up the baton.

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Blogger The Mound of Sound said...

I'm sorry but I think Wente has become a menopausal reptile. She makes interesting arguments but only so long as hers is the only voice. Does anyone remember how she swallowed all the nonsense dished out by the Iraqi exiles to provoke America into invading? I wish the Globe would reprint her work and Marcus Gee's columns on Iraq but then they'd have to be fired as utterly useless.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wente is "just a writer" not a scientist and she takes great joy in going against the current - it's how she get her jollies.

According to David Suzuki - not of the so-called scientists that say the opposite have ever attended summits, seminar or any other panel discussion.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wente is a wacko and has yet to publish anything of worthy comment. She's one of those bitter angry female conservatives that seems to be devoid of compassion or plain ol common sense let alone any semblance of intelligent thought. She's wrong on this file as on everything. How she still earns a living at this is a wonder.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally a commons sense journalist. We have for years been hearing about "unnamed" and unchallenged experts with reports about global warming and the human cause.
The fact of the matter is there have been substantial studies and from scientists that suggest global warming is a natural occurring event. Yet the media ignores these studies. Simply put the left and the media have chosen to ignore these articles saying the human cause is irrefutable.
Open minded scientists do not ignore another point of view. One only has to look at the recent history of the earth to realize there have been recurring natural changes to the earth's temperature.
What happened to the alarmist who predicted that this would be the worst hurricane season on record.
The so called experts...wrong again.
Consider all the evidence and most open minded persons might come to a different conclusion.....the left and the media excluded.

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Anonymous Holly Stick said...

Hey Anon:
"The fact of the matter is there have been substantial studies and from scientists that suggest global warming is a natural occurring event. Yet the media ignores these studies."

Prove it. Give us some names and links to these studies; make sure they are by real scientists and are peer-reviewed.


As for Wente, I seem to recall her quoting some denier, maybe Tim Ball; maybe he's one of her "experts".

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Blogger Dana said...

She fancies herself a distaff Safire. Thus the bemused yet challenging picture the Globe uses.

Maybe she is. She's adored by the right to much the same degree.

I'd just rather she move back to the US and buy herself a stylish handgun and a decent health care package.

I'm sure Liddy Dole would give her a job.

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