George F. Will: For these we give thanks? Looking at 2013

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  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Nov. 29, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    “… the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on warming "the last word on climate change." It evidently is the first science to reach the end of its subject, all questions answered.”

    George is confused on the difference between knowing THAT something is a fact vs. the myriad ways HOW something works in all circumstances.

    Contrary to George’s assertion, no one questions the fact of the theory of gravity, the germ theory of disease, the theory of evolution (religious believers notwithstanding); just as virtually no climate scientist today questions the fact that burning fossil fuels is negatively impacting the planet.

    Of course there is much to learn about all the implications of climate change, and the ability to make accurate predictions is often the last piece of the puzzle to be placed – just ask economics or medicine (but does anyone seriously think we should return to the barter system or stop going to the doctor?).

    The idea that climate science must answer all possible questions and make fully accurate predictions before its basic hypotheses is accepted is ludicrous.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Forrest Gump said it best: "Stupid is as stupid does."

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Nov. 29, 2013 6:55 a.m.

    Well, one thing is for sure. Human evolution may still be a question, but after reading some of Mr. Wills examples of the stupid regressive things so called modern society is doing, human de-evolution is not.