Gore’s scapegoats have been identified—incorrectly

June 24, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Climate change, Media, Newspapers, Scientists, UK | Leave a comment

With astonishment I read this article in today’s Independent on Sunday:

Too little, too late: Gore blames scientists for climate crisis

Either Jonathan Owen was desperate for a headline that would sell well in the UK, or he has misplaced the target of Gore’s frustration, and is confused. This looks like a question of mistaken identity! Al may be annoyed for a number of reasons, but in my opinion, the real culprits setting hurdles (including the one about consensus, which is an infamous Cheney ploy) for America are indicated by Owen in this quote:

Mr Gore accuses his nemesis, President George Bush, of having taken “virtually no steps to address the problem. Worse, he and Vice President Cheney have led the nation in precisely the wrong direction.”

In any event, it is incorrect to accuse scientists for America’s heel-dragging attitude, when the rest of the world has the same scientists to inform them with the same information, and Europe is now decades ahead in implementing certain climate friendly policies!

Jonathan Owen effectively undermines Gore’s position and that of all scientists with this headline; this is not the time for that. We need to bolster support for Gore’s message and scientists now, as denialists are in fully desperate mode, churning out counter-attack propaganda.

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