Saturday, July 30, 2016

Major Media Get Climate Change Wrong (Again)

Coal power plant (Credit: Chicago Tribune Via Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
In an editorial in last Saturday’s paper, the Chicago Tribune editorial board said that we still need coal, oil and gas because solving climate change is too complex. Such handwaving doesn’t pass the smell test:  they haven’t done their homework.  To be fair, for a paper that once regularly featured a climate denier (Dennis Byrne), the Trib has come around somewhat, especially in their praise for the Paris climate agreement.  But they’re still miles away from reality.

So too, it appears, are the Atlantic and the Washington Post, which feted climate change deniers in events sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute last week in Cleveland.  You know what these types of events are like, lots of mixed drinks and bromides.  The Intercept gives the full scoop on such shameless and unethical actions by publications that should be pressing the powerful on climate change, not coddling them.

Last year was the hottest on record and this year looks to top it.  Luckily, the Democratic Party platform calls for galvanizing a World War II-like effort to stop climate change.  But there are obstacles, beyond even the presidential contest, that could prevent more thoroughgoing action to prevent climate change.  One such obstacle, for instance, is the growth of gas infrastructure which would put us on a path toward certain temperature rise and obviate everything else we are trying to do.  And this is where journalists should be challenging conventional wisdom about climate change and urging massive deployment of the functional renewable energy we already have, not offering milquetoast paeans to the wonders of technology or the lie that climate science isn’t settled.

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