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Letter: Saucepan theory and Richard McComb.


Dear Editor, Your col-umnist, Richard McComb, makes light of the threat of global warming because temperature rises are happening very slowly when measured against a human lifespan - though not against other measure in the Earth's long history (Wouldn't it just be easier to get us to hug a tree? Post, Jan 23).

I am reminded of a piece from Al Gore's excellent film An Inconvenient Truth. Through the use of cartoons, Mr Gore demonstrates that if you drop a frog into a saucepan of boiling water, it will immediately jump out because it realises the danger posed by the heat.

However, if you put the frog into a saucepan of cold water and heat it gently on the stove, the frog never jumps out no matter how high the temperature rises. This is because the rise has happened gradually and the frog doesn't see the danger.

It would seem Richard McComb has the same attitude as the frog.


Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Edgbaston
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 26, 2007
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