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Climate change challenged

If you want to know what’s what when it comes to climate change, you should visit www.politifact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning arm of the St. Petersburg Times, a site where statements from the left and right get a reality check.

Also worth checking is the Obamameter, which has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress.

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  1. December 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Oy vey.You're referring readers to another newspaper because there they "check facts?"They offer a routine news story with a couple of interviews of people with opinions.The questions about the reliability of temperature data are one small element of the Warming debate, an extensive and complex debate that Al Gore famously declared over before it had even taken place.Now it is taking place and there's a whole universe-worth of material out there. The surface of that is not scratched by a newspaper that actually claims to "check facts," though it would be wonderful if there were more of them that tried.

  2. December 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    We all do fact-checking. But the Freeman is not a national publication, so we don't have staff covering national affairs (unless there's a Washington bureau I haven't been told about).Politifact, as I said on the post, checks the veracity of statements in an easy-to-digest way. It's fun, too. As for the debate itself, I'm with Ross McKitrick, a skeptic and economist at the University of Guelph in Ontario, as reported by John Tierney in the New York Times on Tuesday:To end this political stalemate, Dr. McKitrick proposes calling each side’s bluff. He suggests imposing financial penalties on carbon emissions that would be set according to the temperature in the earth’s atmosphere. The penalties could start off small enough to be politically palatable to skeptical voters.If the skeptics are right and the earth isn’t warming, then the penalties for burning carbon would stay small or maybe even disappear. But if the climate modelers and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are correct about the atmosphere heating up, then the penalties would quickly, and automatically, rise.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/science/15tier.html

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