April 24, 2008
How to be a bogus story writer for the Associated Press!

I ran across this piece in this morning's Everett Herald and I just couldn't resist:


First you take this press release from NOAA:

A spike in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere between 2001 and 2003 appears to be a temporary phenomenon and apparently does not indicate a quickening build-up of the gas in the atmosphere, according to an analysis by NOAA climate experts. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere by the burning of wood, coal, oil and gas.
NOAA scientists have been tracking CO2 levels around the world for more than 25 years. The oldest record comes from the Mauna Loa Observatory**, which is located atop a Hawaiian volcano. There, Charles Keeling began CO2 measurements in 1958. Following NOAA's formation in 1970, measurements continued at Mauna Loa and began at other places around the world. There are now more than 60 monitoring sites worldwide.
Most of the variability in the year-to-year CO2 uptake is related to natural processes, including droughts and fires as well as such factors as global temperatures, rainfall amounts and volcanic eruptions.
** These readings are being impacted by CO2 from China and the Far East and are not typical of the average readings elsewhere.

Then you contact several crackpot environmental groups and get some data that you can WRITE into the story and then HEDGE EVERYTHING YOU SAY, but do it in a way that it is deceptive. See my comments in (parenthesis's) in this bogus AP story:

Carbon dioxide in atmosphere is unabated
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Major greenhouse gases in the air are accumulating faster than in the past despite efforts to curtail their growth. (In the opinion of the writer!)

Carbon dioxide concentration in the air increased by 2.4 parts per million last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday, and methane concentrations also rose rapidly. (These are preliminary numbers only and a lot depends on how one defines 'rapidly' and the year is not identified. The latest reporting is for 2006!)

Concern has grown in recent years about these gases, with most atmospheric scientists (Most of the ones that the writer talked to or who has read) concerned that the increasing accumulation is causing the earth's temperature to rise, potentially disrupting climate and changing patterns of rainfall, drought and other storms. (Complete fabrication and a false statement not proven in the piece).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has worked to detail the scientific bases of this problem and the Kyoto agreement sought to encourage countries to take steps to reduce their greenhouse emissions. Some countries, particularly in Europe, have taken steps to reduce emissions. (This is the UN group being chaired by Mr. Yvo de Boer head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. And specifically what are Mr. de Boer's academic credentials and scientific background for these predictions? He has a low level technical degree in SOCIAL WORK from an institute in the Netherlands. He is also a long time socialist, well known for his crackpot environmental ideas in European circles.)

But carbon dioxide emissions, primarily from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas have continued to increase.(Based on whose numbers? NOAA says no!)

Since 2000, annual increases of 2 parts per million or more have been common, compared with 1.5 ppm per year in the 1980s and less than 1 ppm per year during the 1960s, NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory said. (Of the total of 12 parts per million are caused by man's direct activities!)

Global concentration of carbon dioxide is now nearly 385 parts per million. Preindustrial carbon dioxide levels hovered around 280 ppm until 1850. Human activities pushed those levels up to 380 ppm by early 2006. (This part of the story is pure conjecture and does not come from NOAA!)

Rapidly growing industrialization in Asia and rising wetland emissions in the Arctic and tropics are the most likely causes of the recent increase, said Ed Dlugokencky from NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory. (His comments don't correspond to the real news release but the AP writer can point to wetland emissions being in the piece to counter any objections to man caused CO2 being the culprit!)

Posted by LeCerveau at April 24, 2008 08:57 AM | Email This
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