Everyday 30,000 people on this planet die of the diseases of poverty. [A] third of the planet doesn‘t have electricity. We have a billion people with no clean water, we have half a billion people going to bed hungry every night. Do we care about this? It seems that we don‘t. It seems that we would rather look a hundred years into the future than pay attention to what‘s going on now. I think that's unacceptable. I think that‘s really a disgrace.
I don‘t know what‘s wrong with the rich self-centered societies that we live in in the west that we are not paying attention to the conditions of the wider world. And it does seem to me that if we use arguments about the environment to turn our back on the sick and the dying of our shared world, and that's our excuse to ignore them, then we have done a true and terrible thing.
Michael Crichton during a debate (pdf) before a live audience in New York City.
Which he and his fellow sceptics won, btw. Before the debate the aidience was polled at 57.32% to 29.88% in favor of Global Warming. After the debate the numbers were 46.22% to 42.22% in favor of the 'deniers' (I promise you this is the very last time we use that awful word to designate those with sincere doubts about conventional wisdom).