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Note to “Grapevine” Writers – Fact Checking Is A Good Thing

Reported by Priscilla - July 20, 2008 -

On Friday night’s (July 18th) Grapevine, there was yet another segment that purported to show that the world’s most renowned scientists are wrong about global warming. And as with so many of the Grapvine pieces, this latest “revelation” is making the rounds of the right wing blogosphere. One questions whether the Grapevine writers source from this bizarro world and if so, they really should check their sources a little more carefully.

Brett Baier teased the segment by saying that “the idea that there is a scientific consensus about global warming takes another big hit.” Thus, the stage was set for the lead off segment about how “an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists has reversed its stance on climate change. The American Physical Society now says that many of its members no longer believe global warming is caused by humans.” The chyron was “change of heart.” This group now claims that "There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the intergovernmental panel on climate change conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are likely to be primarily responsible for global warming."

Comment: Whoa, not so fast. The American Physical Society has not changed its position on global warming. As noted on its website: The American Physical Society reaffirms the following position on climate change, adopted by its governing body, the APS Council, on November 18, 2007:"Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate.An article at odds with this statement recently appeared in an online newsletter of the APS Forum on Physics and Society, one of 39 units of APS. The header of this newsletter carries the statement that "Opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the APS or of the Forum." This newsletter is not a journal of the APS and it is not peer reviewed.” As further explained in Climate Progress, an editor of the APS newsletter, Jeff Marque, wrote in the July issue of the APS newsletter: “With this issue of Physics & Society, we kick off a debate concerning one of the main conclusions of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body which, together with Al Gore, recently won the Nobel Prize for its work concerning climate change research. There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for the global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution”. Note that he, not the IPS, made the statement about the plethora of disagreement. His only source, from the so called “scientific community” (Insane Clown Posse?), was an article by Lord Christopher Monckton, a climate change skeptic with a degree in the classics, whose views are considered "full of errors, misuse of data and cherry-picked examples" Monckton has also recommended that the only way to stop AIDs is to blood test everyone in the population on a monthly basis and quarantine all carriers and those with the disease.

Comment: The original source of this misinformation was the Daily Tech, which appended this comment after the article: Updated 7/17/2008:“After publication of this story, the APS responded with a statement that its Physics and Society Forum is merely one unit within the APS, and its views do not reflect those of the Society at large.” Note that it was updated on the day before the “Grapevine” piece. Think that “Grapvine” will issue a retraction? Why should they when they can fit the facts around the Fox global warming denial policy? Thus, one does wonder if the woeful lack of research, by the Fox vineyard workers, is a sin of omission or commission!!!!