29 May 2009

Agenda? What agenda?


Report says 300,000 die a year from global warming

In the article:
"Roger Pielke Jr., a political scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who specializes in climate risk, said the report was "a methodological embarrassment" because there was no way to distinguish deaths or economic losses related to human-driven global warming from those linked to naturally occurring climate extremes."

The real agenda:
"Annan stressed the need for the talks to focus on increasing the flow of money to poor regions to help reduce their vulnerability to climate hazards"

So the headline simply cites the report without indicating that it's disputed at all. That's what most people will see. Anyone who reads the article will hopefully note that
1) Kofi Annan runs the organization that commissioned the report. That should be a red flag.
2) Even some academics question the methodology of the report and frankly say there's no way to make the determinations the report claims.
3) Annan is looking to increase the money flowing through his hands - doubtless so that much of it can get stuck there. 

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