Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? Tom Zeller of the New York Times Should Go Do a Job He Could Do Well Edition
Tom Zeller sticks the lead of his story in paragraph sixteen, and calls it a "caveat"--albeit a "not insignificant" one.
Tom if it is a significant part of the story, doesn't it belong a lot higher in the article than paragraph fourteen?
Is It Hot in Here? Must Be Global Warming: There is a not-insignificant caveat: Those pointing to hot weather as evidence of global warming are, in the broadest sense, more likely to be right. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado demonstrated last year that record high temperatures have occurred twice as often as record lows over the last decade...
Here is the opening of his article, one of the finest examples of "opinions on shape of earth differ" that I have seen:
In any debate over climate change, conventional wisdom holds that there is no reflex more absurd than invoking the local weather. And yet this year’s wild weather fluctuations seem to have motivated people on both sides of the issue to stick a finger in the air and declare the matter resolved — in their favor. “Within psychology, it’s called motivated reasoning, or the confirmation bias,” explained Anthony Leiserowitz, the director of the Project on Climate Change Communication at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. “People are looking for evidence of any kind that validates or reinforces or justifies what they already believe.”
Last February, for example, as a freak winter storm paralyzed much of the East Coast, relatives of Senator James M. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who is a skeptic of climate change, came to Washington and erected an igloo. They topped it with a cheeky sign asking passers-by to “Honk if you ♥ global warming.” Another sign, added later, christened the ice dome “Al Gore’s new home.” Environmentalists roundly criticized the stunt for relying on a fact as lonely as a snowstorm. “Weather is our day-to-day experience, while climate is more static, describing a region’s typical weather conditions as established over periods of time,” explained Adrianna Quintero, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, in a blog post scolding the deniers.
Now, with record heat searing much of the planet from Minnesota to Moscow, people long concerned with global warming seem to be pointing out the window themselves. “As Washington, D.C., wilts in the global heat wave gripping the planet, the Democratic leadership in the Senate has abandoned the effort to cap global warming pollution for the foreseeable future,” wrote Brad Johnson at the progressive Wonk Room blog, part of the Center for American Progress...
On the one side a U.S. Senator; on the other a climate researcher/blogger at the Center for American Progress. Equally influential and significant people on "both sides" indeed.