U.S News vs World Report

Dissent at your own risk.

8655_corriere_della_sera_2006These days, voicing contrarian positions in America has become an act of bravery, as self-defined progressives now control the White House, Congress, academia and the mainstream media. Don’t buy ‘man-made’ global warming? The warming nazis might cut your mic. If you believe immigration laws should be followed, be ready for the ‘racist’ label that’s headed your way. And if your version of healthcare reform favors reducing costs over creating a greater burden, you’d better be prepared to be called an ‘old people killer.’

But liberals/progressives, by definition, should embrace free thought and debate, instead of running around like the Gestapo to silence critics. Conservative talk-radio’s success coupled with the failure of any lefty-talk programming, have inspired whispers of a ‘fairness doctrine’ resurgence from Capitol Hill. In commie land, Fox News is a propaganda network, but MSNBC would make Murrow proud.

It’s a shame, but I often have to read my Italian newspaper to obtain American news stories; because the stories or studies that conflict with the mainstream media’s agenda go unreported. Monday, the PNAS or the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences released a study by two Vanderbilt professors who maintain that individual households can reduce carbon emissions by thirty-seven percent if the actions were implemented by everyone. By their estimation, using past energy-efficient programs to estimate the number who would participate, the researchers claim that the total U.S emissions would be reduced by 7.4%.

Kyoto failed, as will Copenhagen. But individuals, by choice, can make a difference.

Tuesday, this study made the front page of the Corriere della Sera. Curious, I performed a quick Google search of news containing the aforementioned study and noticed that it did make Vanderbilt University News, along with a couple of local TV stations’ websites. What is groundbreaking to some remains insignificant to others. It’s Friday now, and the study still hasn’t been reported.

Making global warming news Tuesday, in the U.S, was  Britain’s climate chief who was interviewed by the UK’s Times. He believes we should all become a bunch of vegans to save the planet from methane created by cow farts. And just a few days ago, it was a New York Times writer asserting that young Americans had a duty to the planet: have fewer children.

While the UN and its elite accomplices, some with a financial interest in the adoption of cap-and-trade, are hoodwinking Americans into scrapping 80% of their economy over climate change’s unproven hysteria, the mainstream media seems only interested in pushing population control and cow-culling when all it might take would be to insulate our water heaters and better service our cars.

Maybe learning a second language isn’t such a bad idea after all.

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