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Drama queen scientists have been around for at least 89 years.
Scientists often claim to know what the future holds. In such a milieu, some people will want revenge when science gets it wrong.
Before there was Al Gore, there was George Mitchell. Politicians have been casting themselves as environmental crusaders, saving the planet, for two decades.
A 17-year-old book about the state of America's forests is similar to current books about climate change. Its analysis and predictions were wrong, wrong, wrong.
For half a century green activists have insisted that their historical moment - and a particular generation - are the planet's last hope.
Why do journalists never doubt green groups?
Emotional, over-the-top language doesn't come from real leaders in a time of real crisis. Rather, it's a sign that someone's trying to stampede public opinion.
17 years ago a Greenpeace report titled The Climate Time Bomb tried to frighten us with lurid images and dire predictions that have since failed.
40 years ago scientists said radical change was necessary if humanity was to survive. Along the way they endorsed a population prediction that now appears ridiculous.
Rajendra Pachauri, as chairman of what is supposed to be a respectable science body, has - with deliberation and forethought - publicly linked that body to left-wing political analysis and activism.
Before the IPCC was even founded, the Worldwatch Institute had already declared that global warming was caused by fossil fuels. Surely that makes the IPCC chairman's decision to fraternize with this activist organization a bit awkward.
In the late 1800s cities were drowning in smelly, dirty, disease-spreading horse manure. The private automobile was a huge step forward, environmentally-speaking.
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