While CP is not a fan of profiling global warming deniers, the Chronicle did debunk all of his misinformation. That said, it is time for newspapers to stop repeating the Bush line that the president believes in taking action to reduce emissions. The article tries to make it appear as if even the President disagrees with Inhofe:
President Bush recently called global warming “a serious problem.” He said there is still uncertainty over how much of the warming is natural and how much man-made, but he added that it was time to “get beyond the debate” and deploy new technologies to curb greenhouse gases.
But in the U.S. Senate, one prominent lawmaker isn’t buying it.
No and No.
First, what Bush said was, “I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There’s debate over whether it’s man-made or naturally caused.” Those who believe it is naturally caused will never take more than minimal effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Second, as CP has noted, Bush does not support deploying new technologies to “curb greenhouse gases”–he only says he does, and he only gets away with those mis-statements if the media reports them unchallenged. Or maybe Bush is from the Bizarro world, where “curb” means “allow to continue rising forever until deserts grow in size by a factor of 10, half the species die, and the great ice sheets melt causing 80-feet of sea level rise.”
Inhofe buys the Bush position completely–he just hasn’t learned the rhetorical art of saying one thing and doing another.