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Arguing with global warming sceptics over the years, I have noticed an interesting evolution in their case. First, I heard that no warming was taking place. Then I heard from them that yes, there might be warming after all, but that it was not caused by human activity. Then I heard that yes, there might be global warming, and yes, it might be caused by human activity, but that its effects, on the whole, will actually benefit humanity. Sure, global warming might result in a bit of severe drought here and there, along with rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes and the extinction of species. But it will be good for American retirees, allowing them to stay in Minnesota for the winter rather than having to travel all the way to Florida. It will open up the Northwest Passage to shipping. Canada will become the world’s hot new wine region.

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