USA Today has listed its editors’ choices for the 25 biggest news stories of the past 25 years. Surprisingly, global warming doesn’t make the list. O. J. SImpson (No. 5), the Branch Davidians (No. 16), and gay marriage (No. 24) are there, but somehow the allegedly greatest threat ever to face mankind doesn’t rate a mention.
Of course, as my colleague Iain Murray points out, many of the top 25 stories are related to global warming in some way. Even the Number One story, the fall of Communism, has a (and probably more than one) global warming angle. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European subject states proves that greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced dramatically and quickly. All it takes is total economic collapse.