Saturday, May 27, 2006

Global Warming: Post Two

Michael Crichton is a one-man media conglomerate:
  • Author of more than a dozen best-selling novels (including Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Disclosure, Congo, Sphere, The Andromeda Strain, Rising Sun, Timeline, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Prey)
  • Hollywood screenwriter (Twister, Rising Sun, Jurassic Park, Runaway, Westworld)
  • Hollywood director (Westworld, Coma, The Great Train Robbery, Looker, Runaway, Physical Evidence)
  • Hollywood producer (Disclosure, Twister, Sphere, The 13th Warrior)
  • Hit TV series creator (ER)
His specialty is the science/medical/technology thriller.

His latest is State of Fear, a novel about the overblown claims of radical environmentalists -- and the lengths to which they will go to make others believe them -- landed, as usual, on top of the New York Times best-seller list when it was first published in December 2004.

As a fan of Crichton's, I got my hands on it and read it in two sittings. As a liberty-loving conservative, I was pleased that he so deftly punctured the global warming balloon.

About a year later, I was doing some of my regular blog-trolling, and I came across a speech Crichton had given to something called the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy (admittedly, a strangely-named organization -- makes it sound as if there are people in Washington rooting for more complexity!).

And I was awestruck.

Without further ado, here's the speech he gave on November 6, 2005, entitled

Fear, Complexity, and Environmental Management in the 21st Century


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