Warren Senders: Willful ignorance isn’t bliss

2013-09-24T00:00:00Z Warren Senders: Willful ignorance isn’t blissBy WARREN SENDERS Medford, Mass. Winona Daily News
September 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Ignorance may be bliss, but in today's information-rich world, it's no longer excusable, especially when the issue is as fraught with consequences as global climate change.

As a representative of the professionally ignorant whose work demands that they remain uninformed, Cal Thomas is an exemplar of intellectual and ethical bankruptcy. His discussion of the increase in polar ice coverage since 2012 is a perfect example, for if Mr. Thomas really cared about it, he could have learned a great deal with a few minutes of research. Unfortunately for his readers, and for the broader national discussion of this important issue, he chose to remain ignorant.

When discussing how Arctic ice expands and contracts over time, there are two things to keep in mind.

First, while the surface area with ice cover has indeed increased, it's much, much thinner than ever before — not by any imaginings a good sign.

And second, while year-to-year numbers may fluctuate, the trend over decades has been an accelerating decrease. If a terminal patient gains a couple of pounds, that's a good day, not a remission.

Mr. Thomas' simplistic misrepresentation of a planetary crisis does us all a disservice.

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  1. Sampson
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    Sampson - September 26, 2013 4:30 pm
    +1 Troller.
  2. Troller
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    Troller - September 24, 2013 10:39 pm
    Another dismissive missive!

    The sky is falling and you better D@mnwell get in lock step, because liberals are always right, never wrong, and facts can go straight to 4377 along with anyone who disagrees with liberal fear mongering, whether the reasoning is sound or not.

    Liberalism the party of "acceptance". B as in b and S as in s.
  3. TJaszewski
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    TJaszewski - September 24, 2013 4:58 pm
    I suppose given enough pot and booze that could be a seemingly sensible view.
  4. Winhawk68
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    Winhawk68 - September 24, 2013 2:08 pm
    And lots and lots of other data doesn't support him. With all the information available today, it's easy for a narrow minded person to cherry pick only that which supports their preconceived opinion.
  5. justareader
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    justareader - September 24, 2013 9:05 am
    Lots of other data supports Thomas.
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