You often hear scientists who promote the theory of man-made global warming allege they are victims of censorship. But when it is the other way around - that scientists who dispute that claim are victims of the same thing, you never hear a peep.
That's what Stanley Goldenberg, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division, told an audience at the The Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) in New York on March 9. Voices that counter global warming alarmism are often subject to censorship, he said.
"The debate, as you also know, is masked by media censorship, bias and distortion," Goldenberg said. "I'm interviewed quite bit on many, many levels and thankfully most of our interviews are benign. They're trying to get out to the public."
Goldenberg explained that as a skeptic of the anthropogenic global warming theory, he had firsthand experience, and he challenged the media to give a positive spin to the ICCC event.
"[I]'ve seen gross, gross blatant censorship," Goldenberg said. "If you're here from the media I'd be glad to argue with you from firsthand experience. I challenge anybody from a mainstream media source to take or print a positive report on this conference. They won't get it past the editor. If they do, miracles do happen."
Goldenberg is known for his research on how hurricane activity variability can be influenced on anything from intraseasonal to multi-decadal time scales. He disputes the theory hurricanes are significantly impacted by global warming. And he claimed his colleagues at other hurricane research institutions dispute it as well.
"Not a single, to my knowledge - not a single scientist at the National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Research Division, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center - I'm trying to find out about the Central Pacific Hurricane Center - believe that hurricanes - numbers, activity - that there's any measurable impact from any so-called global warming."
Goldenberg explained there were differences between the terms anthropogenic global warming (AGW), referred to as "Al Gore warming" and global warming or climate change when used. He also alluded to the media's willingness to use natural catastrophe to propagate this alarmism.
"Just because climate change has happened doesn't mean AGW," Goldenberg said. "Just because weather disasters happen doesn't mean AGW. And an inconvenient truth that most of the media are speaking of, CAGW - that's very important. They're not just talking about AGW, but catastrophic [anthropogenic global warming]. If we just have a little bit of warming from manmade causes, nobody really cares, but they're talking about it's going to be catastrophic."
A recent Business & Media Institute analysis discovered global warming alarmists often link weather phenomena like tornadoes, hurricanes, ice melt, droughts and wildfires with global warming and the media embrace the stories. However, when wintry weather hits places that aren't accustomed to it - like recent snows in Las Vegas and New Orleans - the news coverage isn't as quick to point their finger at the possibility of global cooling.