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Global warming: What Americans read

Here’s a peek at the climate change information Middle Americans are getting. The Detroit Sunday Free Press’s (circulation 670,000) lead story last Sunday was entitled “It’s cool to be Green: Michiganders heat up their efforts to save the planet.”

The story’s lead graph quoted left-wing environmentalist (without identifying her as such) Lana Pollack of the Michigan Environmental Council: “I believe the public has reached a tipping point in terms of concern and understanding about global warming.”

No wonder if this is the kind of nonsense they are daily fed. The story told of extreme weather changes, of Michigan rivers already flowing with less ice, of student concerns that global warming was a greater threat than terrorism and nuclear proliferation, of plans to get 20 percent of municipal energy from wind and solar power.

Two sidebars ran with the story. The first lectured readers on “on living a greener life;” the second finger-wagged about how “to lighten your carbon footprint.”

Any opposing views cited?

“There are still skeptics,” staff writer Tina Lam wrote, “led by conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh – but their numbers and power are dwindling.”


That, friends, is all they get.

Henry Payne — Henry Payne is the auto critic for the Detroit News.

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