Saturday, April 07, 2007

Gore, Gray, and ABC

As a counter-balance to my previous post on global warming where I said I don't trust the traditional media to provide a balanced perspective on it, here's an ABC article about Dr. William Gray, a hurricane forecasting expert, taking Al Gore to task for his efforts.

I'll give ABC kudos for covering the other side of the debate, but the article is still worthless. I think Al Gore's efforts have made the debate worse by politicizing the science even further, with the result that a lot of people end up arguing about Al Gore rather than the actual science. Not that that's ABC's fault, but it has to be said.

The article doesn't really say much about Dr. Gray's remarks. It talks about him giving a speech in New Orleans, probably a very long one, but only mentions the tack against Gore. It mentions that he doesn't believe there's much to the global warming hype, but it's just a blurb (i.e. no science). And, of course, the last blurb of the article is an MIT professor (all we know about his/her credentials) saying that Dr. Gray is wrong about global warming.

So, Dr. Church is right that the sources behind these types of stories are probably doing good work. It's just that I don't trust the media to properly handle such stories when nearly useless articles like this are the result.

1 comment:

David Cintron said...

I prefer to refer to issue as anthropological global climate change rather than global warming. My reasoning for this is that if people are forced to say this phrase instead of global warming, the time that it takes to say the words will give them more time to think about what they are actually saying. Yes, I'm talking to you Mr. Gore.