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The lying never stops

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What accounts for the propensity of right-wing columnists (and politicians) to so readily resort to lying? Take the Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson, for example. Today he writes:

The real truth is that we don’t know enough to relieve global warming, and — barring major technological breakthroughs — we can’t do much about it. This was obvious nine years ago; it’s still obvious.

To support this contention, he refers to a new report from the International Energy Agency. But that report, as ThinkProgress points out, comes to the opposite conclusion:

[B]y employing technologies that already exist or are under development, the world could be brought onto a much more sustainable energy path. The scenarios show how energy-related C02 emissions can be returned to their current levels by 2050.

As they point out, Samuelson mentions five scenarios in the report but “doesn’t bother to mention a sixth scenario where greenhouse emissions decrease by 16%.” Why not? Because that scenario unfortunately contradicts the conclusion he’s determined to draw.

This kind of dishonesty cheapens and undermines public discourse. It’s irresponsible and it’s ugly. You can complain to ombudsman@washpost.com.

Written by Leisureguy

5 July 2006 at 8:44 am

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