The press recognizes the debate on global warming

Fewer and fewer are taking Al Gore's word for it

I'm glad to see this article (AND the other articles it mentions) not because I am against Al Gore, but because I think the articles bring some long needed debate to the global warming questions.

The media are finally catching up with Al Gore. Criticism of his anti-global-warming franchise and his personal environmental record has gone beyond ankle-biting bloggers. It's now coming from the New York Times and the Nashville Tennessean, his hometown paper that put his birth, as a senator's son, on its front page back in 1948, and where a young Al Gore Jr. worked for five years as a journalist.

Last Tuesday, the Times reported that several eminent scientists "argue that some of Mr. Gore's central points [on global warming] are exaggerated and erroneous." The Tenessean reported yesterday that Mr. Gore received $570,000 in royalties from the owners of zinc mines who held mineral leases on his farm. The mines, which closed in 2003 but are scheduled to reopen under a new operator later this year, "emitted thousands of pounds of toxic substances and several times, the water discharged from the mines into nearby rivers had levels of toxins above what was legal."

All of this comes in the wake of the enormous publicity Mr. Gore received after his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Oscar. The film features Mr. Gore reprising his famous sighing and lamenting how the average American's energy use is greedily off the charts. At the film's end viewers are asked, "Are you ready to change the way you live?"

What bothers me about the whole situation is that if Al Gore had been conservative or libertarian and if the questions hadn't been about global warming, the press would have taken a closer look at Al Gore and his arguments years ago.

Just remember that when it came to the ethics, it took journalists and bloggers from OUTSIDE to focus attention where it should have been focused to start with. The free market and choices did it, not the assumed moral superiority of the global warming movement itself.

Truth can usually withstand criticism, dogma seldom can.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Tue - March 20, 2007 at 12:19 PM  Tag

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