Balance Alert! Climate Change

The National Review is at it again! Nice job. Jim Manzi clobbers fellow NRO dude Mark Levin on the subject of global warming, which to me is a major litmus test to find out if an intellectual conservative is really all that intellectual.

Groupthink or corruption is always possible, and maybe the entire global scientific establishment is wrong. Does he think that these various scientists are somehow unaware that Newsweek had an article on global cooling in the 1970s? Or are they aware of the evidence in his book, but are too trapped by their assumptions to be able to incorporate this data rationally? Or does he believe that the whole thing is a con in which thousands of scientists have colluded across decades and continents to fool such gullible naifs as the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, numerous White House science advisors, Margaret Thatcher, and so on? Are the Queen of England and the Trilateral Commission in on it too?

But what evidence does Levin present for any of this amazing incompetence or conspiracy beyond that already cited? None. He simply moves on to criticisms of proposed solutions. This is wingnuttery.

Andy McCarthy and Kathryn Jean Lopez have already leapt to Levin’s defense. McCarthy, for one, isn’t mad that Manzi is wrong but that he’s mean, calling his post a “Pearl Harbor”.

Via Wonkette

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