Monday, March 05, 2007

Gore spinning the media’s reporting of global warming

Al Gore is one individual who needs to be watched closely and I can’t pass up the opportunity to call him on his latest criticism of the media. This from the attached link:

“A 10-year University of California study found that essentially zero percent of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles disagreed that global warming exists, whereas, another study found that 53 percent of mainstream newspaper articles disagreed the global warming premise.”

Gore uses this study as the basis of his argument that the mainstream media is misleading the public and therefore has a lot to do with many people not accepting the “inconvenient truth”. Hold it just one second, big Al. This is spin like never before and I for one will not let Al get away with it.

Yes it’s true that zero percent of scientific papers disagree that global warming exists. And, most educated objective people will also agree that global warming exists. I am one of them. Global warming is real. Data shows that earth’s temperatures are increasing slightly. That is not disputed.

The debate rests in what is causing that rise. Skeptics like myself say that there isn’t sufficient data showing human activity to be the cause and that many studies show the rising temperature to be nothing more than a typical cyclic trend that the earth has gone through many times in the past. “Believers” say that the rise in temperature is do to burning fossil fuels and therefore is human induced. That’s the disagreement. Most newspapers, for the sake of time and paper, will not detail that debate with every story. So it’s a common understanding that when a media outlet uses the general term “global warming” they are referring to human induced climate change. Most logically capable people understand this and know what they mean. Apparently, Al Gore doesn’t. So he feels the need to attack the press for inaccurate reporting when, in fact, they are actually reporting things correctly, it’s just his method of spin that generates his objection. This is typical of Gore and I think typical for the whole global warming crowd. And this is considered one of his “strongest” arguments? Which brings up a familiar question…If human induced climate change is real, then why the need for spin?

Gore has no credibility with me or with anyone else who possesses even a remotely open mind. The guy has long since gone off the deep end and until he finds his way back to reality his antics should be limited to the comics page of the newspapers.

And speaking of off the deep end. A former Canadian defense minister seems to think that the answer to global warming rests in UFO technology that many governments, including the US, are hiding from the world. He cites the Roswell crash as an example. No joke, this is an actual news story. Aliens would have very sophisticated propulsion systems that don’t involve fossil fuels and if we would just go public with it then our problems would be solved. Anyone want to bet that Al Gore is on his way to Canada right now for the obligatory photo op with UFO-guy?

"I would like to see what (alien) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation ... that could be a way to save our planet," Paul Hellyer, 83, told the Ottawa Citizen. "We need to persuade governments to come clean on what they know. Some of us suspect they know quite a lot, and it might be enough to save our planet if applied quickly enough," he said.

Is this the typical global warming believer? More nuclear power isn’t an option. No, that won’t solve our energy problems. Instead, all we need to do is what the aliens do. Maybe we should even negotiate a Mars Free Trade Agreement. Surely that would help our economy. And since we’re going to use their technology, shouldn’t we allow them a seat in the UN? What about immigration? I’m sure there are martians who seek to come to America for a better life. Shouldn’t we develop a path to citizenship for our Mars neighbors? And some of you have said that teaching abstinence to high school kids is unrealistic. Oh, okay then.

Geez. If I were a global warming believer I’d be quite embarrassed right about now.


A said...

In the scientific community it is almost universally accepted that the current global warming trend has >90% probability of being caused by humans. However, most media outlets present the argument over global warming's causes in a "balanced" manner that lends undeserved credibility to the those few scientists (many in the employ of energy companies) that claim that humans have not contributed to global warming. This is what people like Al Gore are complaining about and I think it is a legitimate complaint.

John The Patriot said...

"scientific community it is almost universally accepted that the current global warming trend has >90% probability of being caused by humans"

Not in the scientific community - but in that portion of the scientific community those on the Left are willing to listen to, aka those who verify their global hysterics. The actual ENTIRE scientific community is very much at odds over this. The UN may be 90% certain, but they have other interests in mind. Sorry, but I don't trust the UN with my future.

It's funny how you people dismiss the skeptics by saying they "work for energy companies" while assuming the "believers" have no alterior motives. The double standard is quite staggering.

Dan Trabue said...

And I find it funny how those who don't trust gov't to give assistance to the poor DO trust huge corporations to act in everyone's best interests.