COMMENTARY: The Cult of Ignorance

After reading one of my articles criticizing global warming, an old acquaintance posted this on Facebook: “Ed, what happened to you?” Later she followed up with: “I am really disappointed in you.” Evidently, she believes in global warming and cannot tolerate my holding a contrary viewpoint. But that is merely what’s happening on the surface. Underneath is a much more dangerous phenomenon—she has formulated her opinion based on nothing and is happy to shove it down my throat because she is proud of her ignorance.

My opinion on global warming is based on extensive research, which led me to write two books and numerous articles on the subject. My friend—if I can call her that—developed her opinion based on what someone told her or what she read in the New York Times. She thinks that makes her an expert and gives her the right to lecture the rest of…



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