Monday, December 27, 2004


Have you read Michael Crichton's novel, State of Fear? Did you see John Stossel's interview (Michael Crichton Takes on Global Warming in Latest Work) with the author?

In "State of Fear," environmental groups set off terrorist acts to focus attention on global warming.

Crichton agrees the Earth is getting warmer. But he says there is little to worry about because the climate is always changing and there is no evidence to determine if the changes are manmade or natural. In fact he says, climate scientists admit they can't predict what temperatures will be in 100 years. (ABC News, 12/11/04.)

Thomas Bray (The Detroit Press) thinks that the "automotive execs should read State of Fear." Here is an excerpt from George F. Will's article, Book shows global warming is just so much hot air.

"State of Fear," with a first printing of 1.5 million copies, resembles Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as a political broadside woven into an entertaining story. But whereas Rand had only an idea, a good one (capitalism is splendid), but only one -- Crichton has information. (The Oregonian, 12/26/04.)

Related: My post, HOT AIR III.

UPDATE 12/28/04:
Someone called Mark S. Lerner got a letter to the editor (Global Warming: Whose 'Hot Air' Is It?) published in The Washington Post.

George F. Will mischaracterizes Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," saying Ms. Rand "had only an idea -- a good one (capitalism is splendid) -- but only one." He must not have finished the book (which is more than 1,000 pages). (The Washington Post, 12/28/04.)