In effect, Carter is pleading for balance from the media.
But the media don't seem to care. A Washington Post article earlier
this month by Doug Struck continued the media onslaught to
convince us that global warming is rapidly destroying the
world, in this case contributing to disease and pestilence.
It quotes the World Health Organization (WHO) as concluding
that "climate change is already taking more than 150,000
lives per year." Struck writes that global warming "is fueling
the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for the diseases," and
attributes this to "many health experts worldwide."
According to Struck, "The World Health Organization has
identified more than 30 new or resurgent diseases in the
last three decades." He says that this sort of "explosion" of
diseases is something that used to be couched in terms of
the future, but instead is happening now.
The only attempt
at balance in this article comes when Struck acknowledges
that "The spread of disease is affected by many
uncertainties, including unforeseen resistance to antibiotics,
failures of public health systems, population movement and
yearly climate swings. For that reason, some scientists have
been cautious about the link between disease and global warming."
He also acknowledges
that "Some scientists see global warming
as a natural cycle that will soon reverse itself." But he
doesn't name any of them, nor does he offer their perspective.
Perhaps he believes, like Scott Pelley of CBS, who did a
recent piece for 60 Minutes arguing for the man-made global
warming theory, that it's hard to find balance. Pelley said
that "his team tried hard to find a respected scientist who
contradicted the prevailing opinion in the scientific community,
but there was no one out there who fit that description…This
isn't about politics or pseudo-science or conspiracy theory
blogs...This is about sound science."
But Ronald Bailey of Reason magazine and the Cato Institute,
and a long-time global warming skeptic, responded to
the Post's article. He points out the flaws in the arguments
about the various diseases allegedly being spread by global
warming. For example, regarding malaria, Bailey said: "This
mosquito-borne parasite was probably first brought to the
Americas 500 years ago by Spanish explorers. Historically,
malaria outbreaks occurred as far
north as Sweden and Finland. Malaria was endemic to
most of the United States until the 20th century and it wasn't
eradicated until 1950 in the southern U.S. when disease-carrying
mosquitoes were controlled by the application of DDT."
The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published Marlo
Lewis's devastating critique of
Time magazine's April 3, 2006, cover story telling people
to "be very worried" about climate change. He calls
the Time treatment "one-sided advocacy from start to finish."
There is clearly a debate going
on in and out of the U.S. as to what is happening to the
climate. But the media don't want you to hear both sides
of it. CRO