Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

More Strib Bashing

      Another thing you can count on the Strib for is invincible ignorance and lack of logic on the editorial page.

      For instance, there's a recent editorial bemoaning the alleged latest damage to be attributed to global warming.  Nothing in this stuff acknowledges the wide-spread scientific dissent on global warming.  None of it mentions that any warming we may be experiencing may only be a regular natural cycle, caused by a change in solar radiation.  But we do get this quote:

"In plain language," said Douglas Inkley, chairman of the Wildlife Society's review panel, "restructuring existing wildlife communities means we face the prospect that the world of wildlife that we now know, and many of the places we've invested decades of work in conserving as refuges and habitats for wildlife, will cease to exist as we know them."

      How's about some really plain language?  'Changes in wildlife communities mean that they'll be different than they are today.  We might not like the that.'

      There's much more wrong with the piece, including the usual raft of unattributed predictions and scary scenarios that won't happen (such as rising sea levels).  There's a lot of stuff that's probably not true, no mention of the fact that global warming also may bring benefits, or that they might outweigh the costs.  A thorough fisking is left to the reader (if it has disappeared by the time you look at it, e-mail me and I'll send it to you).

      And there's more.  The Strib can't even do good routine news pieces reliably.  But I'll save that for another time.



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