Global Warming Scapegoat

Published July 9, 2007

Regarding “Officials discuss health, climate change” (July 2), it is amazing how global warming is becoming this generation’s version of UFOs; anything that a cursory analysis doesn’t immediately explain must be a UFO… or global warming.

Dengue fever is on the rise in Singapore? No need to investigate the cause — it must be global warming’s fault.

New lakes are forming in the Himalayas, providing new sources of fresh water? Claim this is a bad thing and blame it on global warming, even while glaciers are growing in many other regions of the Himalayas.

Crop yields are rising dramatically under warmer temperatures and more atmospheric carbon dioxide? Ignore the facts and claim that global warming is harming crop yields.

The Sahara Desert is shrinking and Central African weather is unusually benign? Ignore the facts and claim that global warming is causing drought and desertification.

Look, it’s a UFO! Or is that global warming?!

James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute.