Will Breitbart’s Big Gov. Site Correct Their Huge Climate Change Blunder?
Big government jumps into the latest climate denialist noise party and gets something egregiously wrong. Will they correct the blatant blunder?
On September 6, an article on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government site announced that the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change had been debunked once and for all. Nature, “the world’s most cited scientific periodical, has just published the definitive study on Global Warming that proves the dominant controller of temperatures in the Earth’s atmosphere is due to galactic cosmic rays and the sun, rather than by man,” the article said. “One of the report’s authors, Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, summed up his conclusions regarding the potential for man-made Global Warming: ‘I think it is such a blatant falsification.’”
The article, written by “nationally recognized financial writer” Chriss W. Street, then revisited the smear campaign known as “Climategate” (which had implicated Nature) and asserted that the study was “a tectonic rejection by academia” of international efforts to combat climate change.
There was one little problem with the Big Government piece, though. Professor Jyrki Kauppinen, supplier of the “blatant falsification” comment, was not one of the study’s 63 authors. And it turns out that the article’s breathless summary of what the study shows is (shockingly!) flat-out wrong.
Doh! Al Gore’s crowning achievement zapped by cosmic rays. Screen shot: biggovernment.com
The quote from the non-author caught the attention of New York Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin, who sumbitted an error report about it at MediaBugs, a nonpartisan site that helps get errors in the news media corrected. (Disclosure: I’m one of the site’s creators.)