We Have All Been Here Before

Media Matters finds parallels between the Wall Street Journal’s intransigence on climate and prior op-ed campaigns to discredit the CFC-ozone hole connection and the coal-acid rain connection. In all three cases

the editorials offer this familiar refrain:

  • ‘We Don’t Know Enough’: The Journal makes claims that are out of step with the weight of scientific evidence, seizes on uncertainties, and argues for further study before any action is taken to mitigate the risk.
  • ‘It Will Cost Too Much’: The Journal claims regulations would have enormous economic costs, often citing unreliable industry-backed studies.
  • ‘It’s All Politics’: To sidestep the science showing a clear threat, the Journal claims that those who want to address the problem are motivated by politics, not science.

This generalization is extensively documented.

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