Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A Cold Shoulder for Global Warming

The AP giveth and AP taketh away. Here's the lead of a recently posted article on AP:

The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.

The former vice president's movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press.

That sounds darn good, doesn't it? Maybe to you and me, but not as much to the editor of the AP wire, who opted to give this article the resoundingly middling headline: "Scientists OK Gore's movie for accuracy."

It could be that after many a column inch praising the film's accurate portrayal of what we will face if we keep following the head-in-the-sand approach espoused by the White House (come to think of it, their approach to the environment is similar to their approach to Iraq--let's wait and see what happens, then pass it on to someone else in 2009), the article ends where it has to end, with a Gore putdown, because that's why we have a press. The end of the article:

As far as the movie's entertainment value, Scripps Institution geosciences professor Jeff Severinghaus summed it up: "My wife fell asleep. Of course, I was on the edge of my chair."

I guess that little dig is what passes for objectivity these days.


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