Omissions and emissions: Skewed by science

Omissions and emissions: Skewed by science

Clarke letter in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 04, 2006

Regarding the editorial "CO2-much: Greenhouse Gaseous" (May 25): The Competitive Enterprise Institute's ad campaign is not misleading. Our intent was to point out that the public debate over global warming is skewed by the strong tendency of most major media outlets to cover scientific research that supports global warming alarmism and to ignore research that does not. The scientific article published by University of Missouri Professor Curt Davis concluded that the Antarctic ice sheet is thickening in the center. It was ignored by the media because if the ice sheet is thickening, then the idea that the sea levels are about to rise rapidly is nonsense. Mr. Davis's complaint that his article does not undermine belief in human-caused global warming is beside the point, which is that the potential consequences of global warming are not as scary as most major media outlets portray them. That's why his article received almost no media coverage. The brief mentions it did receive pointed out the anti-alarmist conclusion that we also drew from it.We believe a wealthier, more technologically advanced world will be able to deal more effectively with any negative effects of climate change or other environmental challenges than would a world in which energy and economic growth are restricted, which is what global warming alarmists advocate. Mr. Davis' study may not undermine belief in human-caused global warming, but it certainly undermines belief in a glacier-melting catastrophe.