Sunday, November 21, 2004

Bodies of Evidence

Colleague Martin Krieger recently reminded me that while evidence rarely causes people to change their minds, bodies of evidence occasionally do.

Ron Bailey's Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death adds to the accumulating evidence. JulianSimon, Bjorn Lomborg and many others had gotten the ball rolling. Baily's anthology keeps it going.

I just spoke at the "Towards Sustainable Land Transport" conference in Wellington, NZ. When members of the audience admonished me to take seriously the report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it was very useful to refer them to the points made by John R. Christy in "The Global Warming Fiasco", Ch. 1 of Bailey's book.

As far as I could tell, no one fainted.