Senate environment committee Chairman Barbara Boxer of California says the global warming debate is over, that it's time for action. Phew! If it weren't freezing cold most places, we'd invite everyone to sit down for some iced tea. Yet global warming rhetoric has sprinted ahead of the facts — with dissenting voices dismissed as the descendants of people who believed the earth is flat. The danger is that global warming hysteria, like any panic, is its own accelerator. "It's like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves,” Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, said last week on CNN's "Larry King Live.” Lindzen is right, and the result is an inhospitable climate for a useful, informed public policy debate.
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