Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Endless Series of Imaginary Hobgloblins

"2006 to be the sixth-warmest year on record." Sounds quite scary. But it's as misleading a statement as it is accurate. 2006 will actually be cooler than the previous four years and cooler, as well, than 1998 (see graph above).

Investor's Business Daily.

Below is a great quote from a related editorial "
Climate of Fear" on global warming, by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe, mentioned in Cafe Hayek today:

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

~H.L. Mencken in 1920


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