State of Fear, Michael Crichton's new anti-green global warming novel (see below) is panned by the NYT's Michiko Kakutani, which perhaps comes as no surprise:

"This thriller comes equipped with footnotes, charts, an authorial manifesto and two appendixes ("Why Politicized Science Is Dangerous" and "Sources of Data for Graphs"). The novel itself reads like a shrill, preposterous right-wing answer to this year's shrill, preposterous but campily entertaining global warming disaster movie "The Day After Tomorrow."

By the way, I'm not a Crichton fan (although I did like "Westworld") and I'm willing to be convinced that the Kyoto Treaty is a Good Thing. It's the lack of balance in the media coverage that intrigues me. Are we talking about science or a religion?

UPDATE: Steve Hayward touches on that very subject in a survey of recent environmental books, while Peter Robinson links to a recent Crichton speech:

"Let's think back to people in 1900 in, say, New York. If they worried about people in 2000, what would they worry about? Probably: Where would people get enough horses? And what would they do about all the horses**t? Horse pollution was bad in 1900, think how much worse it would be a century later, with so many more people riding horses?

"But of course, within a few years, nobody rode horses except for sport. And in 2000, France was getting 80% its power from an energy source that was unknown in 1900. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Japan were getting more than 30% from this source, unknown in 1900. Remember, people in 1900 didn't know what an atom was. They didn't know its structure. They also didn't know what a radio was, or an airport, or a movie, or a television, or a computer, or a cell phone, or a jet, an antibiotic, a rocket, a satellite, an MRI, ICU, IUD, IBM, IRA, ERA, EEG, EPA, IRS, DOD, PCP, HTML, internet. interferon, instant replay, remote sensing, remote control, speed dialing, gene therapy, gene splicing, genes, spot welding, heat-seeking, bipolar, prozac, leotards, lap dancing, email, tape recorder, CDs, airbags, plastic explosive, plastic, robots, cars, liposuction, transduction, superconduction, dish antennas, step aerobics, smoothies, twelve-step, ultrasound, nylon, rayon, teflon, fiber optics, carpal tunnel, laser surgery, laparoscopy, corneal transplant, kidney transplant, AIDS...
None of this would have meant anything to a person in the year 1900. They wouldn't know what you are talking about.

"Now. You tell me you can predict the world of 2100."
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