With cancer in the breaking news on what seems like a by-the-minute basis (one, two, three), i thought i'd try to distract myself this morning with a little local color.
In the Green Mountain state, nobody brings the color better than Mark Johnson over on WDEV. His guest this morning was Dr. Fred Singer, a global warming debunker who's scheduled to speak tonight at UVM at 7 pm.
Singer's lecture is sure to be provocative and well-attended. Titled the "500-Year Natural Cycle or Disaster Of Our Own Doing? - A look at the science and politics of global warming," his basic premise is that global warming is unstoppable, irreversible and has absolutely nothing to do with us.
Singer's an excrutiatingly competent speaker, complete with a devilish little accent that makes him seem incredibly smart (see, Max Von Sydow) and grandfatherly. Whether or not it's true that Singer was a pro-tobacco shill back in the day is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Singer mentally outmuscled his critics one after another after another after another ....
Listening to avid callers show up for a scientific debate armed with nothing but political rhetoric was a bit like watching somebody bring a spaghetti noodle to a saloon brawl. Not only did you know that they were going to get creamed, but you could sense their tangible embarrassment.
It doesn't take a atmospheric scientist to recognize that anti-global warming speakers are the next big thing. Guaranteed crowds, visceral reactions, and loose treatment of the facts are already proven to be great business, and they're coming soon to an auditiorium near you.