Saturday, February 17, 2007

Global Fact or Farce

Global Warming. Scientists, and Al Gore, say that man is killing the earth. Rain Forests are decreasing, glaciers are melting, rivers and lakes are drying up. That video of Florida being underwater scared the bejesus out of me!

There is no doubt that the earth is warming, but there is doubt about what is causing it. Al Gore says there is scientific consensus that man is responsible. But according to this article, there are many scientists out there in our country and the rest of the world that debunk the theory of man possibly causing the phenomenon. Keep in mind this is from a conservative web site, proving that this issue is more political than scientific.

As journalists I think we should present this other side, as well as for whom these scientists work. During 2005's hurricane season, there was a plethora of reports about the monstrous storms being caused by global warming. Some of these reports also implied that if we don't stop driving SUV's, we are all going to die from a massive storm. But last year, no hurricanes and no reports. Do I still need to trade in my SUV?

You don't here enough about weather patterns on the news. The 1940s and 1950s were warm, and the 1960s and 1970s were very cold. The last 25 years have been warm. Pattern? The late 1960s saw huge hurricanes. The next 20 years, it was quiet. In the 90s, the hurricanes started to rev up. Last year, it was calm. Pattern?

We also don't hear enough about weather records. We've only just started keeping track of the weather in the last 100 years, so we have no idea what was going on with the earth 500 years ago.

So to have a fair view of the political and scientific issue, as journalists I think we should hear from other scientists, and let the people decide about what to do with their SUV.

And now, I leave you with a message from our President....



At Sunday, February 18, 2007, Anonymous JE said...

I think journalists are trying to write about the other side. I have read a few articles just this week about global warming. I think maybe more could be done to inform the public that those H2's are killing the environment, but I think journalists are quite skeptical of what the administration is trying to say.


At Sunday, February 18, 2007, Anonymous VLD said...

I totally agree. I've always wanted someone to ask / explain rationally how we can make confident assertions either way ... given that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old and we're just babies rollicking around on its surface.

Wouldn't get the ratings, though, would it?


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