Leave it to a game show host to get everyone talking about global warming.
Pat Sajak, legendary host of Wheel of Fortune, is also something of a part-time blogger. Needless to say, his political views are firmly ingrained with the right — having served on the board of directors for the conservative think-tank Claremont Institute and penning occasional articles for the online site Human Events. You know you’re in scary territory when fellow writers Robert Novak and Ann Coulter share the same space as you.
Anyways, Sajak has just released a new piece titled “Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions” that seeks to spark further debate on the issue and how it is being addressed in the media, by politicians, scientists, etc. He has a very neutral, disarming tone to his writing that I respect — it opens up the doors for debate. Unfortunately, his questions are a bit flippant — almost mocking. Like #2: “Just what is the average temperature of the earth?” Um, 59 degrees. I found this by asking the question in Google.
I can completely see where he is coming from — these are reasonable questions — but without any answers it feels to me like Sajak is simply questioning the hard science; once again providing banter to muddy the waters. Needless to say, his comments have sparked over 200 replies going back and forth over man’s role in global warming. You can have a read over two different sets here and here.
I do want to point out one bizarre point Sajak makes in the article here: “If we were to dramatically reduce our need for international oil, what happens to the economies of the Middle East and the populations that rely on oil income?” This seems like a ridiculous reason to reconsider America’s shift to a more sustainable economy. Yes, there will be unintended consequences, but the United States will do itself well to develop a self-sustaining infrastructure. The Middle East has the same opportunities to evolve as we do. What’s embarrassing is if everyone else gets there before us.