Weird Science

Michelle Malkin and Jason Apuzzo are dismayed about the news that Paramount has decided to distrubute Al Gore’s documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth (IMDB).

Apuzzo sees this as further evidence of Hollywood liberalism gone wild rather than Paramount seeking to pick up a potentially profitable film. I’ve addressed that issue relatively recently here, so I won’t repeat my arguments on that topic.

Malkin, on the other hand, takes pains to find a couple of scientists who seem to have issues with Gore’s conclusions about global warming. While two scientists hardly consititutes a consensus against a larger majority, I’m willing to entertain their arguments. But, as Sir Oolius notes, they don’t really objection to Gore’s basic thesis about global warming but merely want to call attention to their own research that points to additional (and important) causes for the flooding in Manila:

“While it is true that global warming could contribute to the rise, this is only in the millimeters, but the centimeters’ rise could be attributed more to heavy groundwater extraction which results in subsidence, which makes it appear that the sea is invading land,” he explained.

“I am not saying that we should stop helping control greenhouse gas emissions, but very, very few really know the real story about flooding in Metro Manila,” he said.

“We could cry all day about greenhouse gases but if we don’t regulate carefully our use of groundwater, we could be flooding faster than whatever could come from global warming.”

Note tht the scientists never dispute the existence of global warming and even emphasize that we need to continue to work to reduce greenhouse gasses. Sir Oolius is also careful to note that Gore was careful to emphasize the role of local efforts and expressed his wish not to meddle in the affairs of other countries. In fact, by conducting such a media event, Gore has called attention to a rather serious problem in Manila, opening up a dialogue that should continue long after he leaves.

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