The Boston Globe's Ellen Goodman is the typical east coast left-wing solipsistic narcissist whose never met a left-wing talking point she did not adopt.
The trend among the "man causes global warming" Chicken Little crowd is to call those who doubt the accuracy and truth of global warming predictions like The Monk "global warming deniers".
The appellation is disgusting.
It invokes the specter of equating global warming/climate change skeptics with Holocaust deniers. Goodman, whose intellect is neither subtle nor supple, makes that explicit: "Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future."
The controversy over climate change and man's role in it is still a matter of opinion. Remember: during the middle ages the temperatures were significantly warmer than they are now, and man could not generate significant greenhouse gases.
In addition, as the WSJ noted earlier this week, the IPCC summary report that Goodman relies upon is a document written by bureaucrats and politicians, not the scientists who performed the analyses. And the available data from the forthcoming IPCC report actually indicates a SLOWER warming trend than its predecessor report.
The most capable and notable climatologists in the world have predominantly claimed that man's role in climate change falls within a range from insignificant to undetermined. Some of their opinions are linked to here in an inexhaustive list of prominent skeptics. The costs of compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, which the Senate effectively rejected in a 95-0 vote during the Clinton presidency, would cripple the economies of the US and Europe while not affecting India or China -- neither of which has any obligation to comply with Kyoto because they are "developing" nations. No American should vote for crippling the nation. The effects of "warming" are still unknown.
Ellen Goodman, a Jew, just claimed that hundreds of the world's most capable climate scientists (1,100 signed an ad that appeared in the NY Times a couple of years ago questioning the connection between man and "climate change") are the moral and intellectual equivalent of Iranian premier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ellen Goodman is reprehensible.