“Kind of silly” to debate science

Speaking at the Eco:nomics conference, Al Gore once again sounded his “planetary emergency” alarm even as he refused to discuss the matter with Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg.

he was challenged by Mr. Lomborg, the Danish skeptical environmentalist who thinks the world would be better off spending more money on health and education issues than curbing carbon emissions.

“I don’t mean to corner you, or maybe I do mean to corner you, but would you be willing to have a debate with me on that point?” asked the polo-shirt wearing Dane.

“I want to be polite to you,” Mr. Gore responded. But, no. “The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’ issue,” he said. “It’s not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake,” he added.

Reporting from the conference, Kim Strassel interviews big-time CEOs who regret getting on the cap-and-tax train.

In other news, the Washington, D.C. global warming — er, climate change — rally was cancelled due to snow.

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