Climate-Change Doomsayers Need To Put Up Or Shut Up
Newsweek's three subscribers will see this magazine cover this week. Yes, it's unbelievably irresponsible and totally ridiculous. So was Newsweek's claim last March that the magazine had Harold Camping-like prognostication abilities -- and that the biggest earthquake ever was about to hit California.
Donald Boudreaux writes in the Wall Street Journal against "global-warming chicken little-ism":
Contrary to what many environmentalists would have us believe, Americans are increasingly less likely to be killed by severe weather. Moreover, because of modern industrial and technological advances—radar, stronger yet lighter building materials, more reliable electronic warning devices, and longer-lasting packaged foods—we are better protected from nature's fury today than at any other time in human history. We do adapt.
He then says he's so optimistic in the face of these climate-change doomsayers that he's willing to be any of them -- including Al Gore or Paul Krugman -- $10,000 that the average number of Americans killed by tornadoes, floods and hurricanes will fall over the next 20 years.
Do you think any of them will take this wager?