Saturday, June 16, 2007
GEOTHERMIAN SHUNS SCIENCE
Interviewer: Do you think it’ll take another major catastrophe like New Orleans before we react appropriately?
Flannery: I don’t know what other disaster you’d have to have happen. We’ve had that European summer that killed thousands of people, Hurricane Katrina and that incredible hurricane season as a whole and the intensity of hurricanes increasing worldwide ...
Ever since I heard the link I was hoping for something more solid than the weak associations I was hearing about on NPR and other news sources. It seemed very preliminary, and a bit worrisome that, especially in the foreign press, that they were claiming things like the New Orleans/Katrina disaster was the first example of a global warming disaster. The evidence simply wasn’t conclusive and in general in science, results need to age. It’s like cheese or wine, you wait for the results that get better with time, and you have to be patient.
Flannery isn’t the patient type.