Thursday, March 01, 2007
According to one press report, when Al Gore came to town last week, a mother who had been unable to get tickets called up the University of Toronto and said that her daughter hadn’t been able to sleep since seeing An Inconvenient Truth. She claimed that seeing Mr. Gore in person might make her daughter feel better: that another dose of Gore-y detail would take away the terror that he had inspired in the first place.
Interesting theory. If the kid ever develops concussion-related amnesia, her mother will presumably attempt to cure it with another blow to the head.
Education experts have apparently coined a term, “ecophobia,” for the dread and helplessness children feel when confronted with apocalyptic forecasts. According to a recent British survey, half of the children between the ages of seven and 11 are anxious about the effects of global warming and often lose sleep over it. And that, remember, is without any identifiable effects, since no particular weather occurrence can be linked to anthropogenic climate change, despite all the hysterical invocation of Hurricane Katrina.
Most recently during the Oscars broadcast, when a voiceover announced after Gore’s win for Best Child-Frightening Spookshow that Hurricane Katrina “brought home the threat - and the impact - of global warming”.
UPDATE. Nice line on Algorian limousine liberals from Ann Coulter: “They think they can live in a world of only Malibu and East Hampton—with no Trentons or Detroits.”
(Via Mark E.)