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Feb 16, 2012

This Is How You Do It

Kudos to Justin Gillis and Leslie Kaufman of the New York Times for showing how reporting on climate change ought to be done. In their article today, "Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science," they explore the explosive documents leaked from the Heartland Institute, which show the extent to which some of the nation's biggest corporations are funding the climate-change denial movement. In particular, they discuss

Heartland’s latest idea . . .to create a curriculum for public schools intended to cast doubt on mainstream climate science and budgeted at $200,000 this year. The curriculum would claim, for instance, that “whether humans are changing the climate is a major scientific controversy.”

And follow it up with this breath of fresh air:

It is in fact not a scientific controversy. The vast majority of climate scientists say that emissions generated by humans are changing the climate and putting the planet at long-term risk, although they are uncertain about the exact magnitude of that risk.

See, friends in the media? It's not that hard. You don't have to let the Koch brothers buy your reporting too.

--Paul Rauber

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