Saturday, October 21, 2006

Anthro-centric global scare-mongering, XIV

I was alerted to this article by James Taranto writing in Best of the Web Today yesterday. In it, the San Francisco Chronicle "science" writer takes a very flippant look at the ozone hole above Antarctica. Carl T. Hall begins his article ("Extended South Pole cold spell blamed for bigger hole in ozone: Changes seasonal, scientists expect long-term shrinking") this way:
That hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is back -- and bigger than ever, scientists said Wednesday.

Not to worry.

The environmental nightmare of the '80s, which once seemed intent on killing every living thing on the planet, has become a toothless blowhard these days...

I'm a fancier of persiflage, but here it seems out of place. I mean, the writer seems positively miffed that the ozone hole is not going to contribute to the general mayhem coming soon to a global climate near you. Why do I say this? Because of the way he ends the article:
Scientists said they expect the ozone layer will have fully recovered sometime around 2065-2075 -- just in time for global warming to have a shot at destroying all life on Earth.

See what I mean? I'm supposed to take this guy seriously?

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