93% Of Climate Change News On Fox Is Misleading

Obviously I would never think of getting any news, let alone climate change news, from Fox News so this from The Union of Concerned Scientists is no surprise. They recently released a study on the accuracy of science reporting from some of the more popular right wing “news” organizations and found that during the 5 month period from February to July of this year, 37 out of 40 items reported on by Fox were misleading.

The analysis finds that the misleading citations include broad dismissals of human-caused climate change, rejections of climate science as a body of knowledge, and disparaging comments about individual scientists. Furthermore, much of this coverage denigrated climate science by either promoting distrust in scientists and scientific institutions or placing acceptance of climate change in an ideological, rather than fact-based, context.

The Union of Concerned Scientists wasn’t just picking on Fox News, they also analyzed columns, op-eds, and letters published by the Wall Street Journal during a 12 month period ending in August and found that 81% of their reporting was misleading.

Eighty-one percent of letters, op-eds, columns, and editorials in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page were misleading on climate science from August 2011 to July 2012 (39 of 48 references).

Most of the misleading editorials, op-eds, columns, and letters attempted to broadly undermine the major conclusions of climate science. Instances of attacks on individual scientists, mocking the science, and cherry picking data were all equally common.

Denigration of climate science was routine. Instances included accusations that scientists were fudging data and claims that they are motivated by financial self-interest.

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Study By Climate Change Skeptic Ends Up Proving Climate Change

What is even funnier than a global warming skeptic and physicist performing a study to disprove climate change that actually proves it? How about it being funded by the Koch brothers…

Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims. Remember, this was not long after the Climategate affair had erupted, at a time when skeptics were griping that climatologists had based their claims on faulty temperature data.

Muller’s stated aims were simple. He and his team would scour and re-analyze the climate data, putting all their calculations and methods online. Skeptics cheered the effort. “I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong,” wrote Anthony Watts, a blogger who has criticized the quality of the weather stations in the United Statse that provide temperature data. The Charles G. Koch Foundation even gave Muller’s project $150,000 — and the Koch brothers, recall, are hardly fans of mainstream climate science.

So what are the end results? Muller’s team appears to have confirmed the basic tenets of climate science. Back in March, Muller told the House Science and Technology Committee that, contrary to what he expected, the existing temperature data was “excellent.” He went on: “We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups.” And, today, the BEST team has released a flurry of new papers that confirm that the planet is getting hotter. As the team’s two-page summary flatly concludes, “Global warming is real.

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Climate Science Is BS But End Of Days Prophecies Just Peachy

Again I go to Wingnutdaily to peer into the far rightwing’s thinking or lack thereof. This time Joseph Farah’s internet rag tells us about a Texas lake that has turned red (like in blood) and following the typical fundamentalist views that WND and their readers subscribe to, it can be nothing other than another sign of the approaching end of days.

“I’m not saying that this Texas lake is these Scriptures in Revelation, but what I am saying is the Bible prophecies are slowly fulfilling themselves in the midst of an end time revelation – that we need to be right, we need to be saved, we need to be born again and ready to meet the coming King,” he said.

Of course scientists do have a non-biblical explanation for the death of the lake and it’s subsequent change in color, you know like the worst drought in the area’s recorded history causing a major fish kill and bacterial/algae growth. But obviously that explanation is not something that their flock could latch on to as they might have to admit that something isn’t quite right with our climate and we all know that just won’t work.

All is not lost though. In an almost biblical twist of fate, Texas Governor Rick Perry just so happens to be holding his “I’m sucking up to the religious right in preparation for a Presidential run” day of prayer and fasting this weekend so maybe he and his minions could say a little prayer to end the drought. It didn’t work back in April but maybe with all the high powered righteous folks he has sponsoring his “apolitical” event the man upstairs might just listen this time around stopping both the end times and the drought.

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Pope: Atheists Responsible For Global Environmental Changes

Just blame the Atheists for everything.

Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the ‘final authority,’ and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.”

So the wingnuts go from denying climate change to blaming Atheists for it. Is there any wonder that the number of non-believers is growing every day? Intolerance and hypocrisy will do that…

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