The government, environmentalists and automobile producers are deadlocked in their efforts to balance the demands of consumers and the potential for damage to the environment which so-called experts claim is caused by vehicle CO2 emissions. Even regulators are divided about how strict federal fuel-efficiency restrictions need to be to curb emissions that scientists claim are a major trigger for climate change.
All the confusion and climate change hysteria are based on the scientific “consensus” that CO2 emissions trigger global warming, thereby pushing the planet to the edge of catastrophe. The mainstream media has been reporting that climate change is established fact for several years now, even though thousands of respected scientists insist that the evidence does not support the global warming myth.
Conservative publications have tended to be more objective in their reporting about climate change. Recently, however, Forbes Magazine demonstrated that it has moved away from its conservative roots and has embraced the global warming hysteria.
On August 10, Forbes published a well-researched article presenting the view of a respected astrophysicist who believes that many climatologists are misguided in their understanding of climate change. Within hours, however, the publication’s editors removed the article noting that it failed to meet editorial standards.
Forbes’ recent move to embrace left-wing global warming propaganda is perhaps unsurprising considering its previous willingness to publish Monsanto’s GMO science lies. Clearly, the powers that be at Forbes have discarded journalistic integrity and have allowed the magazine to become a mouthpiece for fake science. (Related: Forbes.com exposed as Monsanto propaganda rag in newly released court emails.)
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What Forbes initially reported
As reported by The American Spectator, it would appear that Forbes has embraced the climate change delusion to stay in step with the mainstream leftist global warming narrative:
The purpose of this collusion is to sell the world on a global warming crisis that doesn’t exist in order to implement a far-left agenda that would cost trillions of dollars, cause millions to lose their jobs, do little real-world good toward their stated purpose, and hurt the world’s poorest people most. In the United States alone, this agenda would cost the average family thousands of dollars each and every year, if they still have jobs to pay their bills.
Nir Shaviv is a highly respected Israeli astrophysicist who currently serves as chairman of the Physics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Forbes article was largely based on an interview with Shaviv.
After studying the global warming research and data in depth and consulting with fellow scientists, Shaviv and his colleagues determined that though rising CO2 levels are significant, the sun and cosmic radiation are the major contributors to changes in climate.
Though the Forbes editorial team did not stipulate exactly which parts of the article they felt failed to meet editorial standards, The Spectator notes:
What, exactly, did Shaviv say to scare Forbes into pulling the article? We’ll never know for sure, but perhaps it was, “All of it shows the same thing: the bulk of climate change is caused by the sun via its impact on atmospheric charge. Which means that most of the warming comes from nature, whereas a doubling of the amount of CO2 raises temperature by only 1.0 to 1.5 degrees. A freshman physics student can see this.”
Global warming hysteria has far reaching effects on government and environmental policies and the fact that a highly respected climatologist does not agree that it is scientific fact is certainly newsworthy. How sad that Forbes did not have the journalistic guts and integrity to stand by its story and get the facts out into the public domain.
Learn more about mainstream media bias at Journalism.news.