Climate feedbakc Site Allows Scientists to Correct Media Errors
Miami (AFP) – In one case, a writer claimed a mini Ice Age would befall Earth in 15 years. In another, an op-ed touted global warming as saving countless people from freezing to death.
A new project called Climate Feedback, run by a French scientist living in California, took these and other stories to task, and in the past year has critiqued climate change stories in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Telegraph, Forbes magazine, the Wall Street Journal and more.
Interested readers can visit the website ClimateFeedback.org to see what climate scientists thought of the original article.
Another popular target is Bjorn Lomborg, the Danish author of the 2001 best-seller, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” who frequently writes about the politics and economics of climate change.
Lomborg’s opinion articles have been graded “very low” in terms of scientific credibility, and Climate Feedback scientists accuse him of “cherry-picking” data to back up his arguments, mainly that global warming has some benefits — including the bit about saving people who might have frozen — and that climate alarmism doesn’t lead to effective solutions.
In an interview with AFP, Lomborg said he was “quite shocked” by the site’s critiques, and disagreed with their tactics. More.
Reality check: Go with Lomberg. The site merely grades the reach of propaganda. With so much money and power at stake, government could not be trustworthy if it tried.
Governments will restrict citizens’ freedoms and let standards of living fall “to fight climate change,” businesses will raise prices while reducing services “to fight climate change,” and academia and big legacy media will go along, while suppressing dissent, for the money, power, and status.
It’s a scientific version of fighting Satan. After a while, it won’t matter if climate change is happening or not. The constant uproar we must live in would mask nature’s sluggish and ambivalent response.
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