David Strom

Is Governor Tim Pawlenty looking to get a Nobel Peace Prize by following in the wake of Al Gore?

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Pawlenty is reportedly planning a spring trip to the Arctic to dramatize the impact of climate change. He is also planning a series of forums across the State to warn about the impact of climate change on Lake Superior.

Newsflash Governor Pawlenty: Lake Superior was formed by the melting of a massive glacier about 10,000 years ago, and the last glaciers retreated from Minnesota about 9000 years ago. Global warming started about 15,000 years ago, and without it Minnesota would be a vast desert covered in a mile thick layer of ice.

The effect of global warming on Minnesota is pretty obvious: without it there would be no Minnesota to govern.

In some ways, it makes sense for Pawlenty to visit the arctic, if he were to take away the real lesson offered there: without the global warming that has occurred over the last 15,000 years, Minnesota and much of the Northern Hemisphere would be as barren of life as the arctic is today.

But of course, that is not his intent. Instead, Pawlenty seems inclined to jump on the climate change bandwagon while it can still help his political career. Known as a strong fiscal conservative in a state with a liberal bent, he appears to be doing nothing more than burnishing his credentials for those seeking a “moderate.”

It would be a matter of little consequence if Governor Pawlenty were just another Midwest Governor seeking the limelight and the approval of the chattering classes, but he is not. As Chair of the National Governor’s association Pawlenty wields considerable power over the agenda of that organization.

Contrary to the scaremongering being pushed by the media today, few credible scientists would stake their careers, no less the world economy, on predictions of disasters due to human-induced climate change. In fact, there is a long list of credible scientists who have staked their careers and reputations on questioning climate change, and their stories can be found in a wonderful series written by Lawrence Sullivan of the Canada Post. Climate change skeptics include even Al Gore’s mentor, Dr. Roger Revelle. When Revelle disagreed with Gore, Gore insisted that he was senile.

Why do these scientists go out on a limb when it would be easier to go along to get along? Just about every testable prediction that climate scaremongers have made has turned out to be false.

David Strom

David Strom is the President of the Minnesota Free Market Institute. He hosts a weekly radio show on AM-1280 "The Patriot" in Minneapolis-St. Paul, available on podcast at Townhall.com.

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