Day: May 29, 2006

Taking Most of June Off

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be taking some time off this month, so postings will be few and far between. Cheers!

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Taking Most of June Off

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be taking some time off this month, so postings will be few and far between. Cheers!

Article: A Test of Our Character

From the May 26th NYT.

A Test of Our Character
By PAUL KRUGMAN

In his new movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore suggests that there are three reasons it’s hard to get action on global warming. The first is boiled-frog syndrome: because the effects of greenhouse gases build up gradually, at any given moment it’s easier to do nothing. The second is the perception, nurtured by a careful disinformation campaign, that there’s still a lot of uncertainty about whether man-made global warming is a serious problem. The third is the belief, again fostered by disinformation, that trying to curb global warming would have devastating economic effects.

I’d add a fourth reason, which I’ll talk about in a minute. But first, let’s notice that Mr. Gore couldn’t have asked for a better illustration of disinformation campaigns than the reaction of energy-industry lobbyists and right-wing media organizations to his film.

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