THE FOUNDATION: OPINION
“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied,
and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the
interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”
—James Madison

OPINION IN BRIEF
“There’s a reason why one should be extremely wary of the computer
models that are cited by the endless doomsday predictions of Al Gore, the
UN’s International Panel on Climate Change, and all the other advocates
of ‘global warming.’ The reason is clouds. Computer models simply
cannot provide for the constant variability of clouds, so they ignore them.
In a July issue of The Economist an article called ‘Grey-Sky thinking’
was subtitled, ‘Without understanding clouds, understanding the climate
is hard. And clouds are the least understood part of the atmosphere.’
Since the increasingly rabid claims of Earth’s destruction from rising
temperatures depend on computer modeling, how can they be regarded as
accurate if they must largely exempt or deliberately manipulate the
impact of clouds? How can you make predictions, whether it’s a week or a
decade from now, if you haven’t a clue why clouds do what they do?” —Alan
Caruba

FOR THE RECORD
“Unfortunately, self-righteous indignation can undermine good
journalism. [The recent] Newsweek cover story on global warming is a sobering
reminder. It’s an object lesson of how viewing the world as ‘good guys
vs. bad guys’ can lead to a vast oversimplification of a messy story...
As we debate it, journalists should resist the temptation to portray
global warming as a morality tale—as Newsweek did—in which anyone who
questions its gravity or proposed solutions may be ridiculed as a fool, a
crank or an industry stooge. Dissent is, or should be, the lifeblood of
a free society.” —Newsweek columnist Robert Samuelson

THE GIPPER
“We have already made great progress toward ensuring a healthy
environment. Our general course has been charted with the passage of numerous
Federal and state environmental laws. Our state governments and many
localities have strengthened their capabilities for dealing with
environmental issues. Many of our industries are coming to view the generation
of wastes as lost profit potential. It is now time to make sure that the
paths we have chosen are the best ones. It is time to review the
environmental regulations and to make certain we are doing the most
efficient job possible. Certainly we can afford a clean environment, but we
must work for it in the most creative and effective way.” —Ronald Reagan
From The Patroit Post
The Heritage Foundation
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