Even President George W. Bush, a longtime skeptic of global warming, has admitted that it exists. But, there are those who still insist it is a myth. Senator James Inhofe has made a career out of calling it “a hoax” and now he has company in a 16-year-old girl.
Kristen Byrnes has her own website, “Ponder the Maunder,” and has utilized that medium to go after the climate change issue.
With former Vice President Al GoreÂ winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental efforts, he may now have a foil in Byrnes. After witnessing Gore’s Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” her retort to the film on her website took so many hits, her family was warned by their Internet provider for overuse.
She has since moved on to a larger server. Good thing because ofÂ her compilation of research studies and other assorted evidence on her site, Byrnes is gearing up to be the anti-Al Gore. Did I mention she’s only 16?
Her argument is that the earth’s warming is part of a natural cycle that has occurred for millennia. She has summed up hundreds of studies in layman’s terms for the general public, and they are eating it up. As the temperature rises on what promises to be another hot summer, the nation has told pollsters that half of us don’t believe humans are causing the warming.
Much like the country’s views on Democrats versus Republicans, it appears we’re split 50-50. What we at The Wire would like to see is the production of “An Inconvenient Truth 2″ with a debate between the Nobel Laurette and the teenager. That might get more ratings than “American Idol.”