Climate Change

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On This Week this week, Katrina Van Den Heuvel, liberal par excellence of The Nation, was commenting on climate changed, and noted that the chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution called those who question climate change "climate loonies."

He added, "There are a group of people in various parts of the world ... who simply don't want to accept human activities can change climate and are changing the climate. I'd liken them to the people who denied that smoking causes lung cancer."

But he also said that climate change was "very likely" the cause of increased hurricane intensity and frequency, which most hurricane experts think is simply not true.

So he's obviously not infallible on the subject, though she tried to make him seem authoritative.

The fact is, there is global warming. The fact is, we do not know what causes it, and we do not know that it is not part of a normal environmental cycle. There is simply no proof, or even -- to me -- compelling evidence, that humans are causing global climate change.

However, that said, we do know that there are some very good theories explaining climate change, in part, in terms of human acitivity, and that if those theories are correct, and we do nothing, we're screwed. So we should take action, even while not knowing for sure if there is a problem that we're causing, or can correct.

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