December 3, 2009

UPDATED: Is This News, Yet?

Justin Katz

Just a quick note that the Climategate scandal has reached the level at which scientists are stepping down, and the only mention of the issue in our state's environmentalism-besotted paper of record hasn't been from its environment department, but in a letter to the editor.

You know, it's kind of like that scene in Men in Black in which Tommy Lee Jones explains to Will Smith that the tabloids — in which aliens make regular appearances — offer the best investigative reporting on the planet. To read the top environmental story of the day, you have to turn to the bottom of the opinion page.

Then again, it can hardly be considered a surprise. The Projo's environment page actually has the header "Projo Green," which intrinsically expresses a bias. Perhaps the paper should begin collecting its political news under the header "Projo Blue."


The Providence Journal did indeed run this story (on page B3) the day after I put up this post. I should also note that the Commentary page did mention the scandal in an editorial on the 28th, although I can't find it online, at the moment.

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It is only necessary to accept "global warming" as a revealed religion to understand that heretics are not apportioned "good press" or "face time".

We are being subjected to a form of jihad, we should think ourselves fortunate that there are no "twin towers" for AGW "deniers". Perhaps there are, "logic" and "reason". Those are definitely under assault.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at December 1, 2009 9:34 PM

...and sadly, the Left is more worried that icebergs are melting than whether or not KSM's buddies will have a welcome wagon ready for his trip back to NYC...

Posted by: Brian at December 2, 2009 8:47 AM

Here are a few little tidbits I found on a "denier" blog once.

First, most of the "melting icebergs" are already displacing water as ice. Melting ice reduces in volume as it becomes water. Since ice has a 10% greater volume than water (approximately the visible portion) a melting iceberg should have minimal effect on water levels.

If ice were converted to water, it would require 9137 km³ of water to raise the oceans 1 inch. I cannot envision 9137 cubic kilometers of anything so an analogy escapes me.

Try this. Rhode Island is 1.60934 square km. So, multiply that by 6, then imagine that 1 km high. Also, remember that most of the melting ice is no where near a kilometer thick.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at December 2, 2009 11:16 PM

Good time to mention that while ABC, NBC and CBS had pounded away for years about the importance of going green, yesterday was Day Twelve of their not mentioning a word about this very important story and the development that have occurred almost daily since it first broke.

To your original point then, Justin, it took the ProJo twelve days to mention the matter. I'd call that grudging (and, therefore, irresponsible) journalism at best.

What is the hesitancy among big chunks of the media to discuss the facts (or lack of) that surround this theory and the staggeringly intrusive yet highly questionable gov't policy that has been put forward to "solve" this hypothesized problem?

Posted by: Monique at December 3, 2009 8:08 AM
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