Bob Park over at What’s New sums up the trouble facing those who still try to insist that global warming is just a hoax:
fiction n. Imaginative creation that does not represent truth. For weeks the news was dominated by Katrina and Rita, which drew their energy from the record warm waters of the Gulf. The news this week included satellite images of an open ocean. What made it news was that it was the Arctic Ocean, where the ice cap is rapidly shrinking. What do you do if you’re Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and you’ve assured people over and over that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”? If you’re Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), you hold a full committee hearing and invite a science fiction writer to testify. Michael Crichton, author of “State of Fear,” an environmental thriller in which environmentalists cook up evidence to keep federal bucks coming, was Inholfe’s expert.
It must be tough for global-warming skeptics now that they can’t find who actually has credentials in the field to back their side. (If only they’d prepared ahead of time like the New-Earth Creationists did, and started their own “degree” programs…)