Everybody seems to be so full of advice on how I should do things. OK, I have a question.
Ross and I are writing an op ed about the NAS Panel. It’s hard to convey to a lay audience what a comedown it is for the NAS Panel to say that it is merely the warmest year in 400 years. For example, a reporter at the NAS press conference called this statement "astounding", when it was a statement that would not have surprised Hubert Lamb or Reid Bryson or the pre-hockey stick paleoclimatologists.
To convey what we believe to be the underlying comedy of the NAS press release (Yes, Minister is a comedy after all), we thought that it might be rather fun to end our op ed with a little bit of humor. On the other hand, humor is hard to pull off in print and one certaintly wouldn’t want to appear undignified in front of the IPCC top-hats, now would we? So what would you think of the following ending to the op ed? Hit or miss? Stud or dud? (Leaving aside nominations in the separated-at-birth contest)
|The NAS press release is a bit like the famous scene in the Austin Powers movie where Dr Evil comes out of hibernation and demands a ransom of a millllll-ion dollars. No. 2 has to tell Dr Evil — uh, don’t you mean a billion dollars?
So when you see a headline saying that it’s the warmest year in 400 years, think Mike Myers not Michael Mann. Read the headline, but put your little finger to your lip, just so, and read it out loud in Dr Evil’s voice –
"the warmest year in four hunnnnnn-dred years!"
There… now you have a summary of the NAS panel report.