Friday, January 19, 2007

Editorial on Gore: A great man

This is really just an update on my last post.

Jyllands-Posten prints an editorial today titled "A great man" on Al Gore's refusal to be interviewed by Bjørn Lomborg and Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten. As usual, the link is in Danish, translation mine:
Al Gore is a great man. In fact, so great he came very close to become President of the United States of America.

He would then literally have ruled over life and death of individuals and nations and he would have had the largest military with the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world at his disposal.

One would expect a certain amount of courage, strength and personal style. It is therefore fantastic to find that this great man doesn't dare to meet with a Danish statistician and therefore not a culture editor on a Danish paper.
(...)

It is fantastic that a Danish statistician can seem so terrifying to a man supposedly qualified to be president of the USA.

The explanation is of course that Gore is no more a fool than the next guy. He probably knows deep inside that his claims about the miserable state of the planet is thinly based, and that a meeting with Bjørn Lomborg would be a mental striptease. His nonsense work and exaggerated terror-scenarios would be ripped apart without mercy.

Apparently Bjørn Lomborg is so frightening that Al Gore didn't even dare to meet with a culture editor who had met Lomborg. Perhaps the statistician would have provided the editor with some annoying questions.

It can hardly be anymore pathetic than this.
Lomborg and Rose yesterday published an article in Wall Street Journal on the matter, however I can't find a link to it.

Update: The WSJ article is for subscribers only, however a PDF of the Lomborg/Rose piece can be found here. It's well worth reading.

(Via Tim Blair and Junk Science.)