Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CLIMATE; Not So Fast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CLIMATE; Not So Fast

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Global warming aficionados may have gotten a buzz from recent stories in the Times-Union depicting an apocalypse in the making. As radio commentator Paul Harvey often said, now for the rest of the story:

The wire service stories contained "a number of misleading, if not downright inaccurate, statements," according to Amy Ridenour of the National Center for Public Policy Research, who has written many articles on the subject for the think tank.

For example, she called erroneous the statement that "international panels of scientists sponsored by world governments have concluded that most of the warming probably was due to greenhouse gases."

As an aside, there are no "world governments," she noted. That reference apparently was to the United Nations, which thankfully is a long way from being a world government.

A common error in mentioning the International Panel on Climate Change report is failing to distinguish between the science, which was inconclusive, and the summary, which was a political statement.

As one of the scientists who participated in the study said, "The document itself is informative. …

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