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Missing the Story of the Century

By Joe Romm  

"Missing the Story of the Century"

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Hell and High Water

The Senate’s leading global warming denier, James Inhofe, has decided to finish his chairmanship of the Environment & Public Works Committee with a hearing to attack the media for supposedly over-hyping global warming.

There are a lot of good reasons to hold a hearing on climate change and the media — but OVERreporting the story certainly isn’t one of them.

Media coverage of global warming has improved, thanks in large part to the work of people like Al Gore. Even so, many in the media continue to underreport what will certainly be the “Story of the Century,” as I discuss in Chapter 10 of my new book: Hell and High Water.

James Hansen, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has said that there can no longer be genuine doubt that human-made gases are the dominant cause of observed warming. John Holdren, the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has warned that sea levels could rise seven to 14 feet by the end of this century.

By any reasonable standard, journalists, scientists, progressives, and advocates should be running around like their hair was on fire — not giving equal time to global warming delayers and deniers who have marginalized themselves from the mainstream of debate.

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One Response to Missing the Story of the Century

  1. [...] At the last EPW hearing on climate change and media coverage, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) questioned the U.S. policy on climate change by asking if a fire sparked, who would wait to see the damage before moving to put it out. Well, apparently Sen. Injofe would. [...]