Well, it seems I was wrong. All wrong. "Climategate" and the other recent scandals have torn the lid off the rotten science of climate change. The deniers were right. Crank up the air conditioning and open the windows, happy days are here again!
So you follow the news, maybe not as closely as you'd like, but you try to stay informed about major issues. And the latest buzz on climate change is unmistakable. The science is breaking up. There is no consensus. Climatologists were caught cooking the books. Forecasts of dire consequences have been exposed as nonsense. It seems that so much of what we heard over the past decade was hype and hysteria.
Climate change is starting to smell like the next Y2K.
Everyone who reads a newspaper knows that the resort town of Huntsville will play host to the world's economic leaders later this month. They also know the G8 summit will be fantastically expensive. And they are paying the bill.
But they probably haven't heard of a little town called Orrville. And for good reason. It's a bit grand to describe Orrville as a "town." Or a "hamlet," for that matter. It's really just a cluster of houses at the intersection of a regional road and a minor highway about an hour's drive west of Huntsville. The few people who live there work in Parry Sound, 20 minutes to the west.