A winning argument in la la land

James Q. Wilson may be the most prominent social scientist in the United States. Today he wrote us with a “summary of a fascinating Los Angeles Times story about how the Santa Barbara City Council was persuaded not to paint a blue line across the city showing how high the ocean would rise if Al Gore’s statement that it will be 23 feet higher were true.” Professor Wilson’s writes:

On August 26, 2007, the Los Angeles Times published an article explaining why the city council of Santa Barbara has been prevented from painting a blue line across the city to mark how high the water will be if you believe Al Gore


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