Monday, September 01, 2008

Cover Girl

Now we know why Miley Cyrus posed half naked for Vanity Fair magazine--she was overheated:
Teen star Miley Cyrus, known as Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel TV series television of the same name, is now crusading for global warming alarmism. But she admits she isn’t really sure what it means. Disney also owns ABC, a network that often hypes climate change alarmism.

On the 15-year-old singer’s recently released album “Breakout,” she sings that she wants America to wake up and deal with global warming. The song, “Wake Up America” is about taking care of the earth:
Oh, can you take care of her
Oh, maybe you can spare her

Several moments of your consideration
Leading up to the final destination

Oh, the earth is calling out,
I wanna learn what it’s all about,
But everything I read – global warming, going green
I don’t know what all this means, but it seems to be saying

Wake up, America, we’re all in this together
It’s our home so let’s take care of it
You know that you want to
You know that you got to wake up, America
Tomorrow becomes a new day and everything you do
Matters, yeah, everything you do matters in some way
My response:

Dear Ms. Cyrus:

I commend your interest in politics and global warming, as reflected in your song "Wake Up America." You are a role model to our children, and America surely will benefit should other 15 year-olds be inspired to understand climate science and economics, and begin to consider possible public policy responses. Further, acknowledging a lack of certainty regarding "what all this means" reflects a wisdom beyond your years, an approach far more sophisticated than expounded by prominent Senators, scholars and scientists.

Given your expressed interest in "everything" on the topic, I have some suggestions. I recommend one short book and two recent articles. All three are free--so you needn't dip into your allowance!--and each is especially helpful in conveying scientific concepts for general audiences.

All the best in your new career, which doubtlessly will trigger cover shoots for Nature and Scientific American!



(via Planet Gore)

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