False Balance Alive & Well in Environmental Coverage

Jonathan Hiskes of Grist–who recently exposed “The NYT‘s Favorite ‘Climate Change Denier’”–has now (5/13/09) caught Fox News giving airtime to Marc Morano’s charge of Al Gore “profiting off global warming campaign” : Say you’re a harried cable news producer with 24 gaping hours to fill with finished material every day of the week. Say you’re constantly in need of articulate guests to offer a diversity of viewpoints. How do you do it? One way is to take up offers like this one from the PR folks representing Marc Morano. Refresher: Morano was formerly an aid to climate-change-denier-in-chief James Inhofe (GOP […]


The NYT’s Favorite ‘Climate Change Denier’

An April 24 New York Times op-ed from “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg contends “that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a hopeless cause and that public money is better spent on research and development of renewable energy”–which Jonathan Hiskes of Grist calls (4/27/09) “a classic Lomborg argument–deliberately provocative and presenting several worthy goals as an either/or choice. Choose either emissions caps or R&D, he proposes. You can’t have both.” Pointing out that Lomborg “makes no mention of the tremendous potential that carbon regulation has to raise money for clean energy R&D,” Hiskes gives us some background: Lomborg made his name in […]