Okay, two posts in one night! I’m on a roll. I do need to stop being a perfectionist and just blog when I feel driven to say something though. I’ll get the hang of it, and am committing myself to blogging at least once a week.
Well, tonight I was motivated by comments on another blog. Comments that said that climate change is still being debated. Climate change is not a debate. In the scientific community, it is a consensus. According to Al Gore, in An Inconvenient Truth, out of 928 peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals in the previous 10 years (this was 2006), there were no articles that doubted the cause of climate change. NONE.
However, out of 636 articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal, 53% of articles were in doubt as to the cause of global warming giving the impression that scientists were still debating its existence. What are these journalists doing? Where are they getting their information? I’ve met a few journalists, and I know that the truth is not really what they are always after. If you want the truth, the paper is the last place to look.
Of course, this illusion is also fostered by those that benefit from ignoring global warming – those profiting from fossil fuels. In his book, Gore reveals that an internal memo from these companies, discovered by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, stated that their objective was: “to reposition global warming as theory, rather than fact.” Gore further states that the Bush administration in 2001 hired a lawyer/lobbyist whose job was to edit and censor the official assessments of global warming from the federal government, taking out any mention of the dangers global warming poses to the American people.
Gore equates these disinformation campaigns to the one the tobacco industry used over 40 years ago. They had a memo in 1960 that stated “Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.”
No wonder everyone is confused. Are you still?