This weekend came another glaring example of why NPR should be de-funded.
On All Things Considered came the following, recounted by Guy Raz and reprinted on their web site: GOP Victory May Be Defeat For Climate Change Policy, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130776747
It began as follows:
October 23, 2010
The more carbon that gets released into the atmosphere, the higher the average temperature rises.
That's a scientific fact.
Human activities, such as driving, flying, building and even turning on the lights, are the biggest contributor to the release of carbon.
That too, is a fact.
To say 'the more carbon is released into the atmosphere, the higher the average temperature rises' is not a fact. Any first year science student can confirm that it is a proposition, a thesis, a case to be made.
For several years now, scientists have been trying to make that case. True, there is data that average earth temperatures have been rising. However, there have been several cycles of rising and falling temperatures on earth, long before the Industrial Revolution.
Even CNN questions whether temperature cycles are the result of mankind's technology or the earth's varying orbit. http://articles.cnn.com/2007-07-11/tech/globalwarming.overview_1_average-surface-temperature-warming-united-nations-intergovernmental-panel?_s=PM:TECH
Many people know that folks involved in compiling climate change data were found to misrepresent the data. The term 'Climategate' has evolved to describe the pattern of scientific misbehavior in this field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climatic_Research_Unit_email_controversy
Any mention of Climategate was missing from the NPR presentation? Of course not.
Yet the story, based on fact which isnt fact, moves quickly into politics
Ken Buck, the GOP senate candidate in Colorado admits he's a climate change denier. Ron Johnson, who leads in the polls of Wisconsin's senatorial race, has said that "it is far more likely that [climate change] is just sunspot activity or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate."
Policy invovles a balancing of costs and benefits. Mention in the piece that Colorado is a major producer of coal, which would be adversely affected by Cap and Tax? Of course not. Wisconsin's electric grid is dependent in part on coal-produced energy. Mention of that? Of course not.
NPR is a left-ward leaning, Kool Aid drinking collection of arrogant allegedly professional journalists. They fired Juan Williams because he knows the difference between an assertion and a fact. They owe Buck, Johnson and others an immediate apology.
The program dissembled this weekend was politically driven solid waste, not fact driven journalism.
That's a fact.