Daryn Kagan tells me that I made my coffee and got dressed just in time to hear George Bush speak on renewable energy! KEWL! How are you today? (And now, 20 minutes later, Amy’s on. One must switch channels when, as Wilderness Wench calls him, the Little Prince is on.) This is one of Amy’s headlines today:
Is Sci-Fi Writer Michael Crichton Advising Bush on Global Warming?
Questions are being raised in Washington if science fiction writer Michael Crichton may be advising President Bush on global warming. A new book reveals Bush met with Crichton in 2004 to discuss his best-selling novel “State of Fear” which suggests that global warming is an unproven theory and an overstated threat. The meeting is recalled in a new book by Weekly Standard editor and Fox News commentator Fred Barnes. According to Barnes, Bush is ”a dissenter on the theory of global warming” and that he was in near total agreement with Crichton. Barnes added that Crichton’s visit “was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalists.” While Crichton’s novel is a work of science fiction, he was recently awarded a journalism award – by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. [COUGH!]
Fred Barnes is an interesting one. I caught him on Timmeh Russett’s CNBC program a couple weeks ago, and I heard him state firmly that waterboarding is not torture. I like people who can make such clear decisions. However, I believe Mr. Barnes might benefit from firsthand experience and thereafter, perhaps, review his opinion.