There is this strange idea out there that George Will is a smart person’s conservative. Maybe it’s the bow-tie.
But if you read his latest, scandalously hackish global warming column, you realize that nothing could be further from the truth. Any person who respects thought, ideas, knowledge, or the contemplative life–any person, in short, who deserves to be called an “intellectual”–could not write such a column; because any such person would have undertaken to learn something real about climate science before writing about it.
Yet this Will manifestly has not done, or he could not make the stunning, boneheaded, egregious errors he makes–such as, for example, claiming that “according to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, there has been no recorded global warming for more than a decade, or one-third of the span since the global cooling scare.” Of course, the WMO/U.N. IPCC are among the lead scientific institutions that have embraced the now accepted theory of human-caused global warming.
I’m not going to bother a further critique of Will–others have done a bang up job here, here, and here, and that’s just a small sampling. I merely want to dismantle the idea that he deserves to be considered a top conservative intellectual. Not on global warming. Not after this column.