We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The red line shows the average annual temperature in the northeast United States, while the blue line shows the average number of home runs hit per game in Major League baseball each year (the graphs have been overlaid for convenience of comparison).
Graphs are science, and the two lines clearly track together: the gradual warming of the first half of the century moving along with the end of the dead-ball era; a slow cooling as home runs declined from the 1950s to the 1970s; then a spike in the late 80's and 90's, with the warmest year all time (1998) the same year that McGwire and Sosa were chasing the home run record.
My conclusion is that while Al Gore is definitely right on about the warming caused by CO2, we also need to do something to cut down on the number of home runs hit if we are going to get this runaway warming under control. Maybe controlling steroid abuse can help.
Regrettably, we heard nothing about this critical subject from the soccer-oriented and baseball-deprived attendees at the UN Bali conference this week. (Related: see our piece on monomania)
Yep--it's socialism ''by any means possible'' alright.
'Man-made global warming" is a simple plan to use our love for our planet (who can be against mother nature?) to slow economic growth just enough to damage upward mobility just enough to create just enough class warfare to create just enough demand for centralizing the government just enough that it can never be recovered by mere elections.
It's wonderful to see good people waking up and fighting back. If the AGW people think we need gov't by politburo, they should lay out the case, straight up, instead of all this lying and subterfuge, all this sowing of chaos & confusion. From Bali, no less. Feh.
A science fiction writer covering this whole AGW thing novelistically would have to really stretch his art to imitate the everyday reality right in our faces.