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U.S. media giving one side of global warming debate

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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00 am

People seem to trust their national news sources less and less. A study by a UCLA political scientist found that bias concerns, both conservative and liberal, do have merit.

An example might be a recent nationally released press story on global warming: The headline read: "2012 was the hottest year on record in U.S."

There's no doubt a number of scientists and others believe that global warming is real. But if this hypothesis is true, then why do some media people seem to distort facts and present only one side of the story?

Take the aforementioned headline. It could lead one to believe that the entire country was roasting under temperatures never before seen. While the Northeast suffered higher than average temperatures, most of the West remained average to slightly below. Alaska was below normal. Yet, it was only briefly reported in this story.

Of course, statistics from one summer in a small part of the world hardly prove a popular global theory. Actually, London's Daily Mail reported that average world temperatures have not increased during the last 192 months.

This year, California is setting record lows. Russia is having its coldest winter in a half-century. Don't these facts have some bearing on the overall premise of the story? Again, points omitted in the article.

This same writer also reported the following: "Global warming is caused by the burning fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — which sends heat trapping gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the air, changing the climate, scientists say."

To promote man as the cause of any questionable warming is conjecture, not fact. Global warming conclusions are based on computer models and correlation studies. They assume if more carbon dioxide is in the air and temperatures are warmer, then one must cause the other. But in legitimate science, correlation by itself cannot prove causation.

"Scientists say" is always a loaded phrase. There are plenty of scientists and researchers who "don't say." But when it comes to this issue, they usually are not quoted in the American mainstream press, but easily can be found in the European media and other legitimate news sources.

As an example, Matt Ridley states in the Wall Street Journal that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has overestimated the future of temperature changes, and the facts do not support their predictions. The small temperature variation that may occur could actually be beneficial over the next several decades.

"The scientists at the IPCC next year have to choose whether they will admit — contrary to what complex, unverifiable computer models indicate — that the observable evidence now points toward lukewarm temperature change will do no harm," he says.

If global warming stories are based on biased interests, then the question remains: "Why?"

There are many possibilities. Turning again to sources outside the U.S., the Russians have an interesting take on this very question. As expressed in Pravda, the paper opines: "For years, the elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell to the West model and its consequent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable."

So, why do people who want a complete picture of a story seem to be losing faith in the so-called "mainstream" media? Perhaps it's because too many "news" pieces look more like one-sided opinion rather than objective fact.

It's a sad commentary when one has to look outside of the U.S. and other less-touted sources to get alternative viewpoints on common issues.

Steve Hansen is a Lodi writer.

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  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:58 am on Fri, Jan 25, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Your "major polluter" employer can simply buy carbon credits and continue polluting.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:41 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm shocked that Mr. Kindseth would stoop to using vulgar names when he disagrees with someone's opinion.

    I thought you were a religious man?


  • robert maurer posted at 3:07 pm on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 488

    Some cannot argue or state facts intelligently. All they do is act like condescending bullies which I do not fear but pity. Sorry i make things too simple.out of the complex.[wink]

  • robert maurer posted at 1:12 pm on Tue, Jan 22, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 488

    Thank you, kim; I have connections and updates on the state levels which validate your points. I can even tell you where to not take your car for repairs,since I get updates quarterly on shops who are fined or shut down due to illegal practices.Where I am there are no smog test requirements and the air is cleaner. Why? All of today's cars are clean burning. I have personally smog tested countless cars and know through experience that air pollution has been twisted to be a pollitical hoax when it comes to automobiles in Ca. You are absolutely correct regarding Chan who along with people like him are allowed to commit white collar crimes. It makes me irate as it should anyone with an IQ of 4. Has anyone out there had to give up their car which got 40+mpg just to be forced to buy something that only gets 22-38 mpg depending on ambient air temperature? It is called planned obsolescence. I went to school for this and I know for fact it is all a sham. I am certified and licenced in these areas so bring on your stupidity and I will be more than willing to make the truth through state documentation which I have received.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:32 am on Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Another conspiracy theorist heard from.

    I suppose that if I was employed in an industry that was a major polluter, I too would think global warming was a hoax. Self preservation.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:12 am on Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    It is a proven fact that many global warming studies, hailed as gospel by the environmentalist zealots, have entirely eliminated the Midieval Warming period from their reports. The hockey stick theory has been debunked, the tree ring studies they have relied on were falsified. Tran of California Air Resources Board falsified his educational records for his position with the state and is still employed there, but a whislteblower that spoke up has been fired. The fleecing of America and the most successful Public Relations scam in history

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:48 pm on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I presume "when I worked at General Mills" indicates that Mr. Maurer is no longer there. Thankfully!!

    He stated: "Co2 is simply air without oxygen."

    Wow, time to get back to school - at least for a 6th or 7th grade science class.

    What do you think the O2 in CO2 means?

    I recently looked at some statistics that showed that almost 25% of Lodi's adult population had not graduated from high school. This comment certainly backs that statistic.

  • robert maurer posted at 9:19 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 488

    when I worked at General Mills ,there was a large co2 tank in the mix plant parking lot which was used(possibly with a refrigerant)to ice the the bin and cool the blueberry muffin mix on line 27a on summer days so that the mix remained in powder form so it would not become a damp,pasty mess like concrete to be packaged.Co2 causes global warming?Co2 is simply air without oxygen.A simple experiment may be performed to prove this: take a 5 foot long pipe with a 1 inch diameter and pinch your nose shut,put the pipe in your mouth and breathe in and out through it. Within a matter of seconds,you will start feeling lightheaded,color will dim to gray, and unconsciousness will occur. The best place to do this ,is in water over your head,with the pipe in the air so that you breathe only the air from the pipe. DO NOT DO THIS EXPERIMENT ALONE!!!

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:48 am on Sat, Jan 19, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Have either of you ever been to or heard of a carbonated beverage protest?

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 12:37 pm on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1675

    Thanks Joanne this was succinctly clever. I needed a good laugh this morning. You made my day.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Will those who willingly pay their carbon taxes and believe in global warming ever realize that carbonated beverages are carbonated with CO2?

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 6:12 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    There is a lot of non-info on the Internet. But intelligent people can sort that out. As for Mr. Hansen's opinion, he has a right to it. But as a member of the media, he should hold himself to a higher standard. Instead, he chooses to mislead. And LNS allows it.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:45 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Because everything on the Internet is true, right?

    FYI, Dr. Hansen, Russia ratified the Kyoto Protocol, but are upset because it goes light on the US and China, the world's biggest polluters. It is not that they think global warming doesn't exist.

    Conclusion - yes, you do have to check multiple sources and exclude silly opinion columns such as this one.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 11:13 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    These types of controversies are a result of our manipulated media. When I went to school, newspapers and reporters still had integrity. Their job was to investigate these types of issues responsibly.

    Today, reporters are simply shills for the group paying them the most - no more, no less. Mr. Hansens article is somewhat true and I know it because I no longer pay any attention to what television, radio and newspapers espouse. Thanks to the Internet I can sort out the truth of things, although that is getting harder and harder to accomplish.

    I have a feeling there are far more people out there who feel the same way. Pay attention you wannabe reporters - we probably don't believe you.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:59 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    It is a sad state of affairs when those refusing to believe the science of climate change have to go out of the country to find sources that still support their misguided beliefs.

    The Russians accusing the U.S. of controlling its people now that’s funny.


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