Don't play into the climate alarmists' hands by using their language
[Update: A different version of these thoughts has been published at the Media Malpractice web page of the National Review Institute: http://nrinstitute.org/mediamalpractice/?p=1116]
Following is a letter I sent to the Washington Times in response to a news article entitled “Chilly wind blows against global climate pact“…
Therefore, when a newspaper reporter, in discussing carbon dioxide emissions, calls China and India “leading polluters", she is playing right into the junk-science-based hands of the fundamentally anti-capitalist climate alarmist movement. Carbon is not a pollutant, carbon dioxide is unlikely to be having an important impact on overall climate, with man-made CO2 likely having an all but immeasurable impact. If a “conservative” newspaper parrots the left’s propaganda, even if unintentionally, there is little hope in returning the climate debate to sanity. Perhaps, when discussing carbon dioxide, instead of calling countries “polluters” we might call them “supporters of plant life." It’s just as accurate and substantially less misleading.
Ross Kaminsky is a fellow of the Heartland Institute
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