The New York Times is making a personal contribution to Al Gore’s cause by finding reasons for alarmism wherever they may exist (or not):
Among the alarms being sounded by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff is, of course, the ravages of man-made “climate change”:
I came to Easter Island while leading a tour for The New York Times Company, and those of us in the group were staggered by the statues — but also by the reminder of the risks when a people damages the environment that sustains it.
That brings us to climate change, to the chemical processes we are now triggering whose outcomes we can’t fully predict. The consequences may be a transformed planet with rising waters and hotter weather, dying coral reefs and more acidic oceans. We fear for the ocean food chain and worry about feedback loops that will irreversibly accelerate this process, yet still we act like Easter Islanders hacking down their trees.
OK, that was all just a buildup to the “you can’t make this sh*t up” part of the post. Here’s why the Times is able to sound those climate change alarms all around the world this year:
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If you wanted to join the airborne party of 50 on a nearly monthlong around-the-world jaunt to crop-dust the planet with fossil fuel emissions in order to document the ravages of man-made climate change, you had to fork out $135,000 per person. Damn, the air smells cleaner already!