Here's a reality check: During the same decade that Mr. Gore and the IPCC dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%.In fact, most of the uptick in global emissions was from other nations. In fact, thanks to the changing landscape of American energy production in natural gas, American emissions fell by 1.7% in the same period.
Those increases reflect soaring demand for electricity, up by 36%, which in turn fostered a 47% increase in coal consumption. (Natural-gas use increased by 29% while oil use grew by 13%.) Carbon-dioxide emissions are growing because people around the world understand the essentiality of electricity to modernity. And for many countries, the cheapest way to produce electrons is by burning coal.
Which leads me to another rant about energy. My clothes dryer, in one hour, uses nearly twice the electricity of my central air conditioner. But guess what? My neighborhood bans hanging laundry outdoors.
And one more thing. What does it mean that scientists "created" blastocysts from human eggs inserted with the nucleus of an adult skin cell? These non-viable blastocysts (that would be a human embryo too deformed and abnormal to grow) have three sets of chromosomes. I didn't notice the Times mentioning the ethical problems of this, but at least the Wall Street Journal did.