Sure, everyone knows National Review Online‘s climate blog is a must-not-read (see “Planet Gore, ever wrong, never in doubt, adds libel to denial.”
But now the NRO‘s media critic Kevin D. Williamson has exploded (imploded?) over, of all things, my recent Salon piece, “What will make Obama a great president.” He headlines his post: “Head-Clutching Buffoonery: Salon, Romm, and Kyoto” but then hypocritically criticizes the mild sub-head Salon used:
I hate these headlines:
The U.S. Must Become a Leader in Global Warming Solutions
No argument. No nothing. Just MUST! MUST!
Now remember, this guy is the media critic. So presumably he understands that you can’t actually put your entire argument into your headline. My piece certainly explains why the US must become a leader in global warming solutions. But here is where Williamson completely jumps the shark because at the end of his piece he writes:
I have no bone to pick with the climate science.
Seriously. I know you are asking how somebody who doesn’t dispute climate science
got a job at National Review would criticize a sub-head saying that we must become a leader in climate solutions.
Let’s be clear : If you have no bone to pick with the climate science (i.e. the regular reviews and synthesis of the scientific literature by the IPCC), then you presumably must endorse the IPCC’s target of 450 ppm, which means some $40 trillion in cleantech investment is needed by mid-century (see, for instance, “Must read IEA report, Part 1: Act now with clean energy or face 6°C warming. Cost is NOT high“).
So it is transparently obvious that we must become a leader in global warming solutions. Duh! I’d say that the entire piece was mostly “Duh” stuff if you have no bone to pick with the climate science. But not Williamson, who continues his final paragraph:
But the fact that the science is solid does not mean that the political conclusions extracted from it are solid — science isn’t politics, politics isn’t science. And it certainly doesn’t justify this kind of hysterical, end-is-near raving. Romm’s language is the language of religious fundamentalism.
I can understand someone who doesn’t accept the science disagreeing with me, but all I try to do in this blog and elsewhere is extend the inevitable ramifications of climate science to other areas, like politics and energy. Yes, the implications of the science to all aspects of society are staggering, but they all flow naturally from the 2°C target.
Before looking at some other “duh” statements I make that Williamson attacks, I do feel obliged to point out once more what the head of the IPCC said when releasing the final IPCC synthesis report in 2007: