Mark Hertsgaard, a self-described independent journalist and author, mis-represented himself as a reporter from The Politico (0:14 into the above video) and ambushed Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe late last week (raw footage above) regarding global climate change. Sen. Inhofe was cordial, responsive and presented his views with names and sources, as well as referencing his recent hearing on the topic.
Yet, when Mr. Hertsgaard got back to his lair, he posted this video:
Mr. Hertsgaard says that Sen. Inhofe claimed “his scientists know better” (0:29 into second video) – a claim not supported by anything in either his highly edited piece OR the raw footage provided above. (It’s a shame that Sen. Inhofe’s Press Office (the source of the raw footage above) has to monitor and record interactions with the press to keep them honest – remember when the role of the press was to keep politicians honest?)
Mr. Hertsgaard also made several claims about “every scientist,” “every scientific organization,” and “every political party” that are, quite simply, provably false.
In light of Climategate, and when confronted with mistakes in the IPCC report, Sen. Inhofe’s position of the science being mixed is considered by many to be a responsible position – he is discussing, considering and evaluating the evidence…
Why would Mr. Hertsgaard lie about his affiliation, make provably wrong statements, and mis-represent what a politician says – oh, that’s right, because Mr. Hertsgaard knows better what is true, and we should all listen to him. Oh, and buy his book.
[NOTE: Polar bears can swim, they have been known to swim over 62 miles.]
Wikipedia: Climatic Research Unit email controversy
The Economist: Glaciers and the IPCC: Off-base camp
The New York Times: U.N. Panel’s Glacier Warning Is Criticized as Exaggerated and Skeptics Find Fault With U.N. Climate Panel
SeWorld.org: Polar Bears