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Monday, April 04, 2005

In conservative NH newspaper, ABC anchor Stossel returned to promoting Crichton's global warming skepticism

In an April 3 guest commentary for the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor John Stossel returned to promoting author Michael Crichton's assertion in his book State of Fear (Harper Collins, 2004) that global warming is "just another foolish media-hyped scare." Stossel stated that "[m]any climate scientists agree with" Crichton and that reporters "often listen to alarmists and don't take the trouble to survey the scientists who really know." Stossel failed to note, however, that the vast majority of scientists recognize global warming as a genuine phenomenon with potentially serious consequences for human life. Stossel also echoed Crichton's claim that "[e]nvironmental organizations are fomenting false fears in order to promote agendas and raise money," but he neglected to mention that many global-warming skeptics receive generous funding


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