Suspect Data Skews Global Warming Coverage

Published July 20, 2007

Regarding “Gore: human species in a race for its life” (July 18), it is disappointing that the Daily News reported Gore’s assertions as if they were facts.

For example, polar ice caps are not “melting three times faster than anyone’s direst prediction,” as the Daily News reported. Rather, global warming alarmist James Hansen uses suspect data to assert that Arctic sea ice (not all polar ice, as the Daily News reported) in a very limited time frame is shrinking three times more quickly than the average of several computer models. Hansen’s assertion conveniently fails to mention that the Antarctic ice sheet is gaining mass and that Greenland is in equilibrium.

Similarly, science has proven that sea level rise is barely measurable, many glaciers are growing rather than vanishing, and wildfires have always been a part of the Western landscape and are being aggravated by recent forest policy.

It must have slipped Al Gore’s mind, of course, to mention these things. James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environment policy for The Heartland Institute.