Gore vital

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Feb. 28 2010 2:46 PM

Gore vital

I know mentioning Al Gore, let alone linking to him, is like throwing red meat into the pit of denialists, but Gore's Op Ed in today's New York Times is really quite good. I wonder if he reads my blog? He hits a lot of the points I have the past few days... though he doesn't mention the troglodytes in the South Dakota and Utah legislative bodies.

The only point he makes I'm not sure about is the capping of carbon emissions, simply because I haven't looked into the issue. One more thing on my to-do list.

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Anyway, I will be much amused, I'm sure in a schadenfreudelicious sort of way, about the comments that will ensue below. I know! Let's make it a game! Score ten points for every comment that makes fun of "Inconvenient Truth" without addressing the content of the Op Ed, 20 points for anyone who clearly didn't read the Op Ed but comments anyway, 30 points for a comment thoroughly rebutted by science (either previously known or pointed out in a subsequent comment) but ignored by the commenter, and 100 points for someone who comments making fun of Gore's name. First person to 1000 points wins!

What do you win? A planet 1° Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago! Hurray!

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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