The editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal have a love affair with longtime skeptic Richard Lindzen. It's easy to see why. Wind him up and he says the same thing – only with more obscurity and complexity than the previous time around. If you're up to it, read Lindzen's latest in the WSJ. Then consider just one inconvenient example from his writing.
Ross Gelbspan's blog
When the Associated Press released its survey of climate scientists—virtually all of whom said “An Inconvenient Truth” faithfully portrayed climate science—an aide to skeptical Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) released a press release headlined “AP Incorrectly Claims Scientists Praise Gore's Movie.” Jim Motavalli—editor of “E/the Environmental Magazine”—dug into this exercise in disinformation to sort it all out.
Strange how Al Gore and Bill Clinton are blamed for scientific forecasts. The skeptics have to twist themselves out of shape to ignore the findings of more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries who have agreed since 1995 that weather extremes are the first marker of early-stage global warming!
Frank Luntz, the Washington-based public relations consultant who counseled President Bush to “keep the public confused” about climate science, has told the BBC he now accepts the reality of global warming. Unfortunately, Luntz does not accept responsibility for the impact of his own actions. Asked about the fact that Bush is still following his advice, Luntz responded: “That's up to the administration. I'm not the administration. What they want to do is their business. It has nothing to do with what I write. It has nothing to do with what I believe.” Sounds like an eery echo of the infamous “Nuremberg Defense.”
Blakemore was the first major network correspondent to make the connection between weather extremes and global warming (in his recent segment on the 10-inch flood in Houston and the spreading wildfires several hundred miles away in Arizona. For breaking the long-standing reluctance of the media to make that connection, he deserves GREAT congratulations!