Putting 'climategate' in perspective

There's no excuse for serious climatologists not adhering to the highest scientific standards at all times, writes columnist Thomas L. Friedman. That said, the evidence that our planet has been on a broad warming trend outside the normal variation patterns has been documented by a variety of independent research centers. Full Story »

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by Walter Cox - Dec. 12, 2009

Author Thomas Friedman takes a no-nonsense approach to climate change issues. A recent article noted that the Dutch are committed to spending $100 per year per citizen to reinforce and upgrade their system of dikes, just in case climate change causes sea levels to rise. That seems practical, as the cost is minimal and eminently affordable. The author argues for a similar approach to climate change--the caveat being that global warming hysteria should not motivate us to hobble the industrial base on which we all depend.

This article is refreshing in its lack of extremist environmentalism. Often I see a distinct agenda in the extremist approach, which borders on sheer hatred of the modern world and a self-righteous insistence that profligate humanity must be stopped at all costs--even if that cost might be the death of millions (billions?), especially in the fragile, barely-sustaining developing world, which has become increasingly dependent on advanced technology in agriculture.

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