National Academy of Sciences blames media for climate confusion

Here’s a nice little nugget from a recent report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (hat tip to Joe Romm):

Most people rely on secondary sources for information, especially the mass media; and some of these sources are affected by concerted campaigns against policies to limit CO2 emissions, which promote beliefs about climate change that are not well-supported by scientific evidence. U.S. media coverage sometimes presents aspects of climate change that are uncontroversial among the research community as being matters of serious scientific debate. Such factors likely play a role in the increasing polarization of public beliefs about climate change, along lines of political ideology, that has been observed in the United States.

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  1. Too bad. A couple of years ago there was nothing from the mdia which represented the opposing view. It was total silence, this went on for years. Because of this the public beleived that the science was settled and the dabate was over. Now that the denialists are getting a voice, the public knows that the science is not sttled adn the debate is not over. This is the medias fault? I don’t think so. The scientist should have done a better job. They had the upper hand for years then they blew it. Too bad.

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