Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Refuting media bias on global warming « The Greenroom
Other issues and contradictions exist within the studies (at one point, their projections contradict each other), but it is the media aspect that rightly deserves most of the attention, since that is where most Americans get their information on global warming and other technical public policy issues. Few people actually read global warming studies, so it would behoove the AP, the LA Times, Reuters, and the organizations conducting the studies to actually report straightforward, even-handed facts instead of cherry-picking. Not only does cherry-picking delegitimize their organizations when such bias is discovered, but it then takes away from the potential validity of their arguments and makes the presenters of said arguments appear dishonest.
When Science Meets Opinion | Climate Abyss | a Chron.com blog
[Larry Bell] But there are two things that you can be very certain about. First, I know a lot of credentialed people who do have a great deal of expertise on a variety of subjects I address, and I confer with them for realty checks when I get into deep water (whether or not that deep water is AGW- induced). That article was no different. Second, When I screw up and make an error, you can bet your bippy that there are a lot of people among my many thousands of readers who won’t be a bit bashful about blistering me for them.

As for science reporting, I don’t make any distinction between that and any other commentary. In all cases, one tries to be as honest and accurate as possible. Many, maybe most, of my articles, centrally address dishonest science and energy statements and policies. Frankly, I have never really given much of tinker’s damn about climate…still don’t…but find the agenda-driven fraud behind much of what gets out to the public reprehensible and disastrous.
Could the drought cost Obama votes this fall?
It seems like a bizarre question to ask. Why would voters punish Obama for a severe drought across the United States? The president can be plausibly blamed for lots of things, but a hot, parched summer seems like a bit of a stretch. (Even if climate change is contributing to the current drought, the Obama administration has at least taken a few steps to rein in U.S. carbon emissions, after all.)

And yet, some political science research suggests that natural disasters like droughts and floods really can hurt an incumbent president.
Twitter / keithkloor: Is Russia using European e ...
Is Russia using European environmentalists as stooges? http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/07/a-cold-war-over-shale-gas/

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