What works in East Orange is one thing, Chicago another. It can’t happen here:
The NYPD Diaspora: Former New York cops bring cutting-edge, effective policing to beleaguered communities.
Is the super sharp Heather Mac Donald’s story about scientific policing New York-style. In Chicago we have headlines that scold and demonstrations calling for new gun laws. Nothing to really upset things, you know.
Chi Trib reporter-on-fellowship Tim Dechant has apparently drunk the global-warming Kool-Aid, to judge by his earnest, detailed treatment of measuring and lessening one’s “carbon footprint.”
In his 973 words — roughly 2/3 the size of a major-takeout “Insight” feature at the old Chicago Daily News — he has not a word of any controversy in the question whether what we do will change global cycles of warming and cooling.
Not a hint.
And to think that one quote could have perked up somnolent Trib readers, who have refused to support retention of various editors and reporters, namely this:
[W]ater in the form of oceans, snow, ice cover, clouds and vapor “is overwhelming in the radiative and energy balance between the Earth and the sun. … Carbon dioxide and the greenhouse gases are, by comparison, the equivalent of a few farts in a hurricane.”
That’s from one Martin Hertzberg, a retired combustion research scientist who as a Navy meteorologist acquired “a lifelong mistrust of climate modeling” — the bread and butter of climate worriers.
He is quoted in a Heartland Institute paper engagingly titled, “Is Global Warming a Sin?”
Even in pre-telephone and -digital messaging age, the institute, conveniently located at 19 S. LaSalle, would have been accessible to Dechant, were he and his editors — including the bought-out Gratteau? — willing to entertain any but popular certainties about science.