Newsweek magazine is being compared to “editorial screed that violates basic standards of journalism” over a cover story that refers to global warming skeptics as “deniers.”
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The cover story, titled “The Truth About Denial,” claims so-called global warming “deniers” are a “well-funded machine.” According to the article, “Since the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks, and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change.”
Marc Morano, a spokesman for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), says to the contrary, climate alarmism is itself the “well-coordinated, well-funded campaign” being backed by universities, think tanks, world governments, and the worldwide media.
“The problem that is completely ignored is, number one, we’re having a report with hundreds of scientists coming out who have just spoken up since January against the so-called ‘consensus.’ Number two, the money on the side promoting climate alarmism is, I believe someone estimated, 2,500-to-1, [or about] $50 billion to about $19 million and then some change on top of that,” explains Morano.
Morano points out that even The New York Times concedes that current weather patterns are within natural climate variability. He states that the only thing “global warming” skeptics are denying is the uncertainty of computer models of the future predicting doom.
“That’s it. And the U.N. itself is now on record saying the models don’t account for half the climate variability and aren’t very reliable,” he says.
As for Newsweek’s use of the term “global warming deniers,” Morano says it is designed to equate skepticism of manmade global warming to questioning of the Holocaust.