Friday :: Mar 24, 2006

Fiddling through the Inferno


by Mary

When one reviews the extent of the damage brought about during this time of "Conservative" rule, the worst catastrophe will surely be ignoring the growing danger from Global Warming. Here the radical and immortal words of Frank Luntz are still influencing the conventional wisdom and the news reports in the midst of stark evidence that the problem is real and getting worse. After all, Frank Luntz provided these talking points (direct from the lips of Halliburton and big oil) for the Republican party a mere five years ago (emphasis in the original):

The scientific debate remains open. Voters believe that there is no consensus about global warming with the scientific community. Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate, and defer to scientists and other experts in the field.

Emphasize the importance of "acting only with all the facts in hand" and "making the right decision, not the quick decision."

Today's example is brought to you in the final paragraphs of this frightening story about how the arctic ice cap is definitely melting faster than anyone ever thought could happen and major sea level rises are on their way.

Earth's warming likely irreversible, scientists say

But significant disagreements remain over whether recent changes in sea level and ice conditions cited in the new studies could be attributed to rising concentrations of the greenhouse gases and temperatures linked by most experts to human activities.

Sea levels have been rising for thousands of years as an aftereffect of the warming and polar melting that followed the last ice age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. Discriminating between that residual effect and any new influence from human actions remains impossible for the moment, many experts say.

What experts? And does this mean that the Seattle PI NY Times is advocating we do nothing? What will it take until we have real reports in our mainstream media that at least admits humans can and must do something about the problem?

[Ed: thanks to serial catowner for pointing out that the article originated from the New York Times. All I can say is What Liberal Media? As for the questions about what *we* can do, I hope to provide much more information on that topic soon.]

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