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Seth Borenstein AP ‘science’ reporter on the ‘climate’ beat doesn’t follow Poynter’s basic journalism tips for reporting data including government data. Seth double checks nothing, Poynter says you should double check info gov. gives you the same as you would info from other sources.

January 13, 2013

The US government has enormous financial interest in seeing that climate’ terror continues. Even so, the 2012 “hottest” report made no mention of CO2 , offered nothing to connect humans with climate, and offered no way to fix whatever is supposedly happening. Present levels of US CO2 weren’t cited in the report though it’s well known that scientists say US CO2 emissions have plunged to 1992 levels and are heading lower.

News of US CO2 plunging wouldn’t help the government so the media doesn’t mention it. Media personnel such as Borenstein make no effort to double check what the government tells them. People like Seth Borenstein view themselves as partners with government and as such do their best to make the ‘2012 hottest’ report something it wasn’t.

One Politico article at least mentioned the scary future would only happen:

“if emissions of heat trapping gases continue to increase.””…

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Borenstein repeated government guarantees such as sewage into Lake Michigan would double. The truth is Seth’s job is over. He won. US CO2 danger is over and won’t be back for years to come if ever. Assuming it was a danger to begin with.  The 1000+ page report is just more government waste. Though focused on the US, the report is written under the authority of  Global Change Research Act of 1990.”  If “global” warming exists and emissions flow globally, the US or any country could theoretically remove all traces of humanity from its borders and its atmosphere could still show effects of human damage from a far away country’s activity Putting aside for a moment that we already know US CO2 emissions have dropped and are going lower as mentioned above, we’re now asked by AP and other media to focus on a completely different scientific concept, one that says we in the US, a massive, advanced civilization of 300 million people, must shut the hell up for God’s sake. We must not examine whether and how much of these scary alleged emissions are coming across our borders from elsewhere and are something we couldn’t stop even if we evacuated our country. We’re not to examine anything.

Up until now we’ve been told Americans driving to baseball games and using light bulbs are causing sinking islands in the Indian Ocean. But if it’s still really “global climate change” the media is upset about, then we have no problem! The world authority on global climate is the UK Met Office, and they say global warming is not happening, has not happened recently, and isn’t likely to happen in the near future. Will Seth celebrate??? Unfortunately Politico says Obama is already on the move with-what else–more punishment for non-existent crimes of poor and middle class Americans who will continue to quietly submit to unspeakable cruelty by the political class:

1/11/13, “The Obama administration, meanwhile, is moving forward with its own efforts on climate change, including beefed-up fuel economy standards and greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants.”…

AP’s Borenstein repeats grotesque claims about Alaska that even minimal fact checking would’ve rendered a joke such as: “$6.1 billion in repairs need to be made to Alaskan roads, pipelines, sewer systems, buildings and airports to keep up with global warming.” Alaska has actually cooled significantly over the past decade: 2 citations:

In the first decade since 2000, the 49th state cooled 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit.”…

12/23/12, Forget global warming, Alaska is headed for an ice age,” Alaska Dispatch, Alex DeMarban

The 49th state has long been labeled one of the fastest-warming spots on the planet. But that’s so 20th Century. In the first decade since 2000, the 49th state cooled 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit….The third warmest decade was the 1920s, by the way.”…

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2012, The First Decade of the New Century: A Cooling Trend for Most of Alaska,” benthamscience.com, G. Wendler, L. Chen and B. Moore

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Alaska was specifically excluded from the “2012 hottest:”

The Washington Post says the “2012 hottest year” report specifically excluded Alaska saying it didn’t have record-setting heat in 2012:

1/8/13, “2012 hottest year on record in contiguous U.S., NOAA says,” Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin

Alaska and the Pacific Northwest did not have record-setting heat last year.”…

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Basics for journalists dealing with government data:

Poynter.org, a journalism website, suggests basics for journalists reporting data including data from government sources:

1/10/13,  “Programmers explain how to turn data into journalism & why that matters,” Poynter.org, Jeff Sonderman

Data can be wrong, misleading, harmful, embarrassing or invasive. Presenting data as a form of journalism requires that we subject the data to a journalistic process.

We should think of data as we think of any source. They give you information, but you don’t just print everything a source tells you, verbatim. You examine the information critically and hold yourself to certain publishing standards — like accuracy,

context, clarity and fairness. (under subhead, “Why they don’t”)…

Is the data accurate? Unless you built that data set yourself, you probably can’t be sure.  

Even if it comes from a government source, like the gun-owner database did, there’s a chance it contains inaccurate data. (under subhead, “Why not publish this?”)”…

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Excerpt from Politico article cited above which at least allows that negative climate predictions depend on “emissions” continuing to increase. (Scientists have already made clear the US leads the world in reduction of CO2 emissions, and such emissions are expected to drop even further):

1/11/13, “Report: Climate change triggers extreme weather events,” Politico, Andrew Restuccia

(parag. 3): “The draft report…warns that “human induced climate change is projected to continue and accelerate significantly

if emissions of heat trapping gases continue to increase.””…

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Ed. note: Per Nigel Purvis who advised the first Obama-Biden campaign, the “climate” issue isn’t really about “climate.For Americans, Purvis says:

““There are three issues

  • constraining industry,
  • sending money abroad, and
  • strengthening the UN.””…

1/13/12, “US Republicans stir transatlantic tensions over climate change,” EurActiv

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To continue with the alleged CO2 issue:

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Following are 6 articles citing plunging US CO2 emissions:

1. 8/16/12, “AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low,” AP, Kevin Begos

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful  natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for “cautious optimism” about potential ways to deal with climate change….

In a little-noticed technical report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels. Energy emissions make up about 98 percent of the total.

virtually everyone believes the shift could have major long-term implications for U.S. energy policy.”…

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2. 6/26/12, “The Incredible Shrinking Carbon Pollution Forecast – Part 2,” switchboard.nrdc.org, Dan Lashof

 “While there has been some press coverage of these facts (see here and here) I continue to find that most people are surprised to learn about this progress….
(above chart from NRDC article)

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3. 6/4/12, “Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage

“Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord.

Here is the biggest shocker of all: the average American’s CO2 emissions are down to levels not seen since 1964

over half a century ago. …Coal is the number two source of CO2 for Americans. Today the average American burns an amount similar to what they did in 1955, and even less than they did in the 1940s. …It is exactly America’s historical role of biggest and dirtiest that makes their sharp decline in CO2 pollution so noteworthy

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4. 12/7/12, “Surprise Side Effect Of Shale Gas Boom: A Plunge In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Forbes, guest article by Julie M. Carey, an energy economist with Navigant Economics

In order to determine where [catastrophic man-caused] climate change fits into the priority ranking of our nation’s most important agenda items, it seems worthwhile to step back and take stock of the quiet but tremendous progress that the U.S. has already made in reducing carbon [dioxide] emissions.”…
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5. 6/22/12,U.S. cuts greenhouse gases despite do-nothing Congress,” CNN, Steve Hargreaves
Even factoring in a stronger economy, forecasters see greenhouse gas emissions continuing to fall….Others take the U.S. success in reducing its energy sector emissions as a sign that its fragmented, state-based, regulatory approach has worked better than Europe’s market-based cap-and-trade approach.”
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Global Warming ‘action’ was institutionalized in US government in 1990 by George Bush the 1st in the “U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990.CO2 is mentioned near the end. Devoting 13 federal agencies to ‘climate’ matters is hardly lagging in “action.”

Trillions have been taken from US taxpayers for climate endeavors via agency budget allocations, tax subsidies, diversion of US military to climate or green projects, countless federal regulations, vast sums shipped out in no strings foreign aid for ‘climate’ capacity building, etc.

Other countries’ CO2 hasn’t dropped despite hundreds of billions spent on cap and trade and extra taxes. This isn’t to say the US government hasn’t become business partners with the ‘climate’ industry.

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5 examples of Obama’s many “climate actions:”

1. In 2011 alone the US spent “$10.6 million (taxpayer dollars) a day to study, combat, and educate about climate change.” 1/5/11

2. ‘Climate action’ in November 2012 included giving $6 billion US taxpayer dollars for ‘clean energy’ to the Sultan of Brunei who owns 5000+ cars and to the Pres. of Indonesia, a country so corrupt even the World Bank says crime adds 20% to costs. Below, one of the Sultan of Brunei’s cars:

3. 8/10/11, “U.S. Army Creates Renewables Office: Billions to Be Spent,” GreenTechMedia.com

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4. 1/21/11, “Analysis: U.S. government a tenuous beachhead for biofuel firms,” Reuters

The U.S. military has emerged as a key ally for fledgling producers of non-food-based biofuels.”…

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5. 3/26/12, “Obama Requests $770 Million to Fight Global Warming Overseas,” CNS News, Matt Cover

“According to CRS, the government has spent a total of $2.5 billion on GCCI since 2010 on overseas anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.”…

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1/11/11, “Big Money in Climate Change: Who Gives, Who Gets,” Al Fin

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Citation for Alaska decade of cooling:

12/23/12, “Forget global warming, Alaska is headed for an ice age,” Alaska Dispatch

In the first decade since 2000, the 49th state cooled 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s a “large value for a decade,” the Alaska Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks said in The First Decade of the New Century: A Cooling Trend for Most of Alaska.

The cooling is widespread holding true for 19 of the 20 National Weather Service stations sprinkled from one corner of Alaska to the other, the paper notes.”…

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Citation that US alone can’t stop global emissions:

7/7/09, “(Lisa) Jackson Confirms EPA Chart Showing No Effect on Climate Without China, India,” US Senate, EPW

“EPA Administrator Jackson confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate….“I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels,” Administrator Jackson said.”…

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Above, August, 2007: “China’s industrial growth depends on coal, plentiful but polluting, from mines like this one in Shenmu, Shaanxi Province, behind a village store,” NY Times

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Massive climate con in Europe:

11/23/11, “Europe’s $287 billion carbon ‘waste’: UBS report, The Australian, by Sid Maher

SWISS banking giant UBS says the European Union’s emissions trading scheme has cost the continent’s consumers $287 billion for “almost zero impact” on cutting carbon emissions.”…EU CO2 trading provided windfall profits” to participants paid for by “electricity customers.”

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US media today join government in withholding information the American people have a right to know:

9/21/12, Pat Caddell: ““I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.” (Pat) Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from “organized governmental power,” they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers. …

Caddell added that it is one thing for the news to have a biased view, but “It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.”

He closed his talk with these words: “The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power.

When they desert those ramparts and go to serve—to decide that they will now become an active participants—when they decide that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse…what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know,

they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people.  

And it is a threat to the very future of this country if…we allow this stuff to go on, and…we’ve crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about.””

9/27/12, “Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become “Enemy of the American People”,” Accuracy in Media, Roger Aronoff

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Ed. note: Civilized people care about clean air, clean water, and preserving our environment. That’s something entirely different than claiming CO2 causes wars and destroys the planet. What has destroyed many on the planet is profiteers who’ve become obscenely wealthy selling CO2 terror. They’ve caused unspeakable suffering and poverty for millions that’s only getting worse. For example, biofuels:

4/4/2008, “The UN’s own special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, called biofuels “a crime against humanity”, and called for a five-year moratorium.”…

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Claim that CO2 causes war:

Before the 2009 Copenhagen ‘climate summit,’ a study was published saying CO2 caused wars in Africa:

11/24/2009, “Climate ‘is a major cause’ of conflict in Africa,” BBC, Richard Black

Climate has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, research shows – and future warming is likely to increase the number of deaths from war.

US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years.

Writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they suggest strife arises when the food supply is scarce in warm conditions.

Climatic factors have been cited as a reason for several recent conflicts.

One is the fighting in Darfur in Sudan that according to UN figures has killed 200,000 people and forced two million more from their homes.”…

Above AP photo ran with BBC article about CO2 and African wars. As long as the UN exists African people will suffer and African despots will profit.

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7/02/09, “The Great American Bubble Machine: How Goldman Sachs has Engineered Every Major Market Manipulation Since the Great Depression,” Rolling Stone, by Matt Taibbi

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Emissions flow globally:

6/7/12, “Potential impacts of Asian carbon aerosols on future US warming,“Geophysical Research Letters, AGU

“Key Points: Asian black carbon aerosol can enhance US warming by changing the circulation

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UK Met Office says global warming is not happening:

1/12/13, “Global warming stopped 16 years ago, Met Office report reveals: MoS got it right about warming… so who are the ‘deniers’ now?” UK Daily Mail, David Rose

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Maldives leader who believes in flogging women suggests we’re murderers for not giving him as much global warming cash as he thinks he deserves:

4/13/12, “Mohamed Nasheed talks about ‘The Island President,’ keeping fragile democracy afloat,” Washington Post, Ann Hornady

Whatever happens, even if we all die, we should not be angry with the people who murdered us. We can’t run climate change campaigns fueled by anger. I can’t tell the people [of the Maldives] that there are other countries trying to murder you.””…(p. 2)

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