Ellen Goodman of The Boston Globe adds a shrill note to the debate:
I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.
Correlation versus causality, Ellen. The evidence for the Holocaust shows strong evidence that the Nazis were responsible. That’s causality.
The fact that humans live on the planet while the average temperature has risen about a degree Fahrenheit over the last 150 years is correlation, not causality.
Look: Meteorologists here in the Midwest are having a hell of a time getting a handle on a winter storm that’s supposed to hit us in less than 48 hours. According to their weather discussions posted at the National Weather Service website, the professionals can’t tell me with any degree of certainty whether I’m going to get rain, freezing rain, sleet, and/or snow Monday night. So why should I believe anyone who claims to know with 90% certainty that the weather is going to kill my great-great-great-grandchildren 100 years from now?
And why does asking this question put me in the same category as racist neo-Nazis and radical Islamic nutjobs?