It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the excesses, inanities and intolerance of the global-warming radicals, those who would sweep aside facts and freedoms in the interest of social change. Just last week:
But the absolute worst was Newsweek’s cover story — The Global Warming Deniers — slandering those who question the science, pseudo-science and social change being pushed by the global-warming radicals. They’re a powerful cabal, funded by evil energy forces, creating doubt where none should exist — or so Newsweek claims. (We skipped it, first time around. Any story with an Eleanor Clift byline is by definition cant.)
Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson, who credibility is beyond dispute, this week takes great exception to his magazine’s package.
If you missed NEWSWEEK’s story, here’s the gist. A “well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change.” This “denial machine” has obstructed action against global warming and is still “running at full throttle.” The story’s thrust: discredit the “denial machine,” and the country can start the serious business of fighting global warming. The story was a wonderful read, marred only by its being fundamentally misleading.
And his conclusion.
What to do about global warming is a quandary. Certainly, more research and development. Advances in underground storage of carbon dioxide, battery technology (for plug-in hybrid cars), biomass or nuclear power could alter energy economics. To cut oil imports, I support a higher gasoline tax—$1 to $2 a gallon, introduced gradually—and higher fuel-economy standards for vehicles. These steps would also temper greenhouse-gas emissions. Drilling for more domestic natural gas (a low-emission fuel) would make sense. One test of greenhouse proposals: are they worth doing on other grounds?
But the overriding reality seems almost un-American: we simply don’t have a solution for this problem. As we debate it, journalists should resist the temptation to portray global warming as a morality tale—as NEWSWEEK did—in which anyone who questions its gravity or proposed solutions may be ridiculed as a fool, a crank or an industry stooge. Dissent is, or should be, the lifeblood of a free society.
This kind of journalistic repudiation of one own’s publication is exceptional, evidence of both Samuelson’s intellectual integrity and Newsweek’s lack thereof.
Let the debate continue, honestly.
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