Jurassic president

Mega-novelist Michael Crichton recently wrote a novel, State of Fear, "debunking" global-warming and crafting a scenario where "[a] villain falsifies scientific studies to justify draconian steps to curb global warming..."

So naturally W wants to meet the guy. Via Todd Gitlin:

"Though he didn't say so publicly, Bush is a dissenter on the theory of global warming... Early in 2005, political adviser Karl Rove arranged for Crichton to meet with Bush at the White House. They talked for an hour and were in near-total agreement. The visit was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalist s all the more."
Scientists have of course dismissed Crichton's theories outright. They then "two-upped" him by refusing to try their own hands at novel writing.

I don't know about you but I find it more than ironic that the president prefers fiction from the pen behind Jurassic Park to science when it comes to... science. (TPMCafe)

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