Griffs Notes 10/30/06

Al Gore has a new job. He’s Great Britain’s new consultant and adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change according to an announcement by the British Government today.

Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced the findings of a new study commissioned by the government that suggests, “unchecked Global Warming will devastate the world economy.” The author of the study, a respected British economist Sir Nicholas Stern, says that ignoring climate change will eventually damage economic growth to the tune of 5-20% of the world GDP. Gore’s role will assumingly be to help lobby the White House (who refused to sign on to the Kyoto Treaty) to get on board.

Are you afraid yet? You should be. Not because this latest climate change study says the end of the world may be coming due to man-made greenhouse gases, but rather I find it quite alarming that our friends across “the pond” hired a politician-turned-movie director with a blatant agenda to do the pitching.

I’ll be the first to admit that I did not find time to go see Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” I don’t have to go see it. I already know what he’s going to say. Now I’m not one of these close-minded climate naysayer – to the contrary, I am very concerned that we need to be doing more to ensure that we take care of our planet since it’s the only one we’ve got.

But as author Michael Crichton raised in his novel State of Fear, the real problem with climate change advocacy groups is that the data is often inaccurate science because the methodology of the studies have been manipulated to show the results desired.

As Crichton says, “Data aren’t political. Data are data. Politics leads you in the direction of a belief. Data, if you follow them, lead you to the truth.”

So if we’re really serious about tackling the potential consequences of climate change, let’s find someone who’s got more environmental bona fides than the guy who claimed to have invented the internet – after all, you’d think since he did that, he doesn’t really need the money anyway!

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