The Wall Street Journal is well-known for its troglodyte-level editorial page. I didn’t realize how far down the scale of evolution it was, however, until I ran across today’s opinion piece on global warming while paging through the newspaper in the lunch room at work. It was a letter signed by “16 concerned scientists” explaining why we really don’t need to worry much about carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
At first I was willing to believe that maybe the WSG could dig up 16 climate scientists who held this view. Maybe if they looked really hard. I immediately went to the list of authors and found that no; they couldn’t come up with even 16 climate scientists. They found a highly educated weather forecast journalist, a head of a biochemical lab, a member of the Academy of Engineering and the NAS (formerly with Exxon), a physics professor, a technology professor, a chemistry professor, an astronaut (now there’s a climate expert), and rocket designer Burt Rutan (getting increasingly desperate here). And two, that’s right, two people who could fit the role of climate scientist.
I’m not kidding. Here’s the link. Don’t they realize that they’re sort of shooting themselves in the foot when they do this? Or does the average WSG reader just want a belief-reinforcement hit without any brain engagement at all?