Friday, August 01, 2008

Becoming angrier about the climate fear-mongers

Like too many subjects I deal with, it seems a lot of our culture-shapers (i.e., journalists) simply spout the "received wisdom" rather than truly seeking to discover what "the other side" has to say.

And so it was this morning that I read the following in an e-newsletter I get each day (but read maybe once every couple of months on average):
-----Original Message-----

. . . The Daily Reckoning PRESENTS . . .

by Greg Guenthner

. . . coal would be sitting pretty. But the black rock is under attack from governments, scientists and ordinary citizens throughout the world. And with no end in sight, our main source of electricity is in serious jeopardy.

The prolific use of coal as a power generating fuel is causing massive damage to the planet in the form of carbon dioxide emissions. This is not a political statement – it’s been proven over and over again by scientists and accepted by governments and the United Nations.

Today, oil we burn in our vehicles and use for power generation is the number one source of CO2 emissions. . . .

I was tempted to respond to both egregious errors in this brief section of Guenthner's article (about the supposed "massive damage" caused by carbon dioxide emissions and the supposed truth that human beings and our energy requirements are, somehow, "the number one source of CO2 emissions"). But I held my tongue. I only wrote about the first matter.

I wish Greg Guenthner might have done--or might yet do--some better research about the supposed "proof" for "massive damage to the planet in the form of carbon dioxide emissions" and concerning the supposed "massive damage" itself.

I invite you--and Mr. Guenthner--to read What is the "Hockey Stick" Debate About?, just about anything on the Climate Audit blog by Steve McIntyre, and “the take-home messages” at the end of The Real ‘Inconvenient Truth.’

I would have hoped Agora Publishing and The Daily Reckoning would be more attentive to exposing fraud rather than perpetrating it!


John Holzmann
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