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The Global Warming Crusade

From First Thoughts

The Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs mentioned in its February newsletter an online dialogue it hosted this summer between its president, Joel Rosenthal, and Mathew Taylor, chief executive of RSA in London, on the best reasons for supporting the crusade against global warming, . . . . Continue Reading »

Debating Mr. Cizik

From First Thoughts

Richard Cizik, who is Vice-President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, has created quite a stir among his constituency by breaking ranks with the NAE’s neutrality on issues of climate change (a.k.a. “global warming”). Using the language of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Bali Conference Is Over (Whew!)

From First Thoughts

After pulling a dramatic all-nighter, delegates at the U.N. conference on climate change left beautiful, lush Bali for the real world with an agreed text on their laptops. Those of us who follow these matters were not the least bit surprised at the result: U.N. officials and others who wanted an . . . . Continue Reading »

The Bali Conference

From Web Exclusives

The global warming/climate change noise machine has reached a crescendo this week with Al Gore’s trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize , our colleges sponsoring ” Focus the Nation ” weeks to promote the self-evident moral truth of combating warming, and above all the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope on Climate Alarmism

From First Thoughts

For some time now many scientists, even and perhaps especially those connected to the climate alarmism movement, have worried about the exaggerations and downright apocalyptic scenarios which have come out of the writings of some of their scientific colleagues like James Hansen or James Lovelock, . . . . Continue Reading »

Strange Science

From the November 2004 Print Edition

Global warming has achieved the status of a major threat. It inspires nightmares of a troubled future and propels apocalyptic dramas such as the summer 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow . Even were the Kyoto treaty to be fully implemented, it wouldn’t make a dent in the warming trend, which . . . . Continue Reading »

Global Eco-Logic

From the February 2000 Print Edition

“Witches Heal.” “The Goddess is Alive and Magic is Afoot.” A picture of Earth with the enjoinder, “Love Your Mother.” These are popular bumper stickers in my “alternative” town, where old hippies and young New Agers mingle on Main Street more or less amiably with us non-hip, . . . . Continue Reading »

Every Sparrow that Falls

From the October 1997 Print Edition

Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement by Gary L. Francione Temple University Press, 366 pages, $59.95 cloth, $22.95 Anyone whose image of the animal rights movement is one of nasty-tempered radicals who bomb laboratories and spray paint on fur coats will be in for a . . . . Continue Reading »