Congratulations David, you’ve caught up with the skeptics’ position at last: Climate change is a fact. It’s always been a fact, as long as the plant has had a climate and it always will be. Unfortunately the rest of David’s piece is utter crap and propaganda but at least he got the headline right
If I could start a movement of a STOP SOPA nature, it would be to get every newspaper in the world to lead their publications on the same day with the same banner headline: CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FACT. Every news network would run a lower third stating the same thing for 24 hours. Because we need to set the record straight, once and for all, and it is a correction that is decades overdue.
Yesterday was Earth Day; since 1970 this date has been dedicated to appreciation and increasing awareness of the planet’s natural environment. But the scientific community has been aware of climate change and the conditions that bring it about for much longer than four decades. Scientists recognized the greenhouse effect in the early 19th century and tied it to the paleoclimate. Calculations in the 1950s became increasingly convincing, and by the ’70s and early ’80s, consensus among experts was completely clear: human activity on a global scale was warming the climate.
But somehow, journalism as an industry didn’t get this critical fact of nature across to the people it claims it serves. Instead, it presented it as one side of an argument, where the other side was a position of human belief to the contrary. The decades-long perpetuation of the false debate over climate change in the interest of fairness to sources has been ultimately unfair to the entire world and the natural reality we all need to exist.