Friday, September 29, 2006

About the media and climate change...

Its really too bad that the media in general tends to send mixed and misleading messages whenever they cover Climate change. I grant that the science is very complicated, and the scientific community is still debating the details, but the basic premise is very very simple.

CO2, carbon dioxide, is the offending pollutant. A colorless, odorless gas, emitted whenever oil and gas are burned. Thats what scientists believe we have to slow down on producing. I don't know how CO2 causes climate change, I'm not a scientist.

And neither does the media, or the environmentalists. The media are more interested in sexy images and entertainment value than the truth, and the environmentalists are too busy frothing at the mouth to be bothered with the facts. Between the two, mixed messages are burying every chance of an intelligent discussion.

Some examples of mixed messages are mentioning smog in almost every CC report, or CBC news showing video of an oil slick during todays CC story. CO2 has absolutely nothing to do with smog or a bloody oil slick! A favorite tactic is to use misleading images, pictures of smog, smoky tailpipes, cooling towers (these are the shorter, fat stacks that the media often films for CC stories. They have nothing to do with emissions, their purpose is to reclaim boiler water from used steam for re-use or to cool it so it wont damage the sewers), steam from natural gas exhaust stacks shot on a cold day. (Natural gas exhaust has a large percentage of water vapor, which shows up as steam on a cold day)


This really has got to stop. Its impossible to have an intelligent debate about climate change when theres so much disinformation flying around. I'd expect a serious effort by the media to make an issue easier to understand, and environmentalists are harming their own cause when they treat the public like dupes.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a fascinating read on the whole global warming is man-made hysteria as expressed by the MSM, written by:

SENATOR JAMES INHOFE, CHAIRMAN, SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE SENATE FLOOR SPEECH DELIVERED THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006

Here's the link..very interesting..

http://www.epw.senate.gov/speechitem.cfm?party=rep&id=264027

Cheers,

Charley

5:38 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Albertan Technophile said...

Hence my saying that scientists are still debating the issue.

7:41 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous Stephen said...

A few questions for your readers - answers provided within

Did you know that CO2 and water vapour are essential ingredients in the photosynthesis processes that create all vegetation upon which we depend?

Did you know that under Kyoto, Canada (under the previous Government) agreed that its forests should not be included as a CO2 (carbon) sink?

Did you know that water vapour contributes more than 98% of the heat trapping effect sometimes referred to as the Greenhouse Effect?

If your readers knew the answers to these and other related questions, they would be in total agreement with your assessment

But if your readers knew the answers above and disagreed with your assessment, it might be suggested they should move to the other planet their heads are on.

4:10 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Albertan Technophile said...

Thank you Stephen for your well thought out comment.

You are dead right, My main point is not debating CC but criticizing the muddying of the issue by "information sources".

7:07 AM, September 30, 2006  

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