Car Footprints

In most conflicts, there are the Good Guys and there are the Bad Guys.  Each typically behaves according to form.  The Good Guys are honest, reflective, concede mistakes, and even change their positions when they are shown to be wrong.  The Bad Guys are defensive, aggressive, hostile, and seldom admit error let alone abandon a position*.

So in the Great War on the Environment, the automotive industry are the Bad Guys and the selfless “scientists” and politicians are the Good Guys.

I don’t have my magazines with me, but both Motor Trend and Autoweek have recently published editorials on the topic of global warming.  They took a sheepish tone of, well, driving a fast car is fun, but well, we have to be responsible and reduce our “carbon footprints”.  If the earth is really headed towards a catastrophic warmening, these people stand to lose their jobs and their whole businesses!

Here are quotes from two a well known enviro-scientist and politician:

“We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”

 – Stephen Schneider (leading advocate of the global warming theory), Discover magazine, Oct 1989.

“Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous (global warming) is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are…”

 – former Vice President Al Gore, Grist Magazine, May 9, 2006

OK.  Pop quiz.  Who is behaving like the Good Guys and who is behaving like the Bad Guys? 

To be clear, I think the “science” of so-called global-warming is complete fraud.  Obviously, the editors of the car magazines don’t realize this (yet).  My point is that they are trying to be fair and honest.  Mistaken though they are on the facts, they have the right virtues.

What about Gore and Schneider?  What about Hansen at Nasa’s GISS, who declared that 1999 was the hottest year in 1000 years (and it turns out it wasn’t even the hottest year of the 20th century)?  Do they show any signs that they are willing to acknowledge their errors and change their positions?

*Re-positioning as a political tactic is not the same thing as abandoning an erroneous position.  For an example of the former, look at Obama saying one week that he never heard a racist comment from Wright and the next week saying he’s heard a few things “that some people might consider controversial”.  For an example of the latter, look at how Intel handled the floating point Pentium bug.  This is very old news, I know, but it’s a clear example.


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