Who needs NBC’s coverage of Olympic ice dancing when CBS was thrilling viewers with visions of “Waterworld”? No, not the 1995 Kevin Costner clunker, but an apocalyptic “60 Minutes” report awash with flooded beaches and melted polar ice caps.
“The North Pole has been frozen for 100,000 years, but according to scientists, by the end of this century, that won't be true anymore. The top of the world is melting,” co-host Scott Pelley ominously opened his February 19 report, later suggesting the melting was irreversible. “There may be no stopping it. Arctic warming is accelerating. It's a chain reaction. As snow and ice melt, they reveal dark land and water that absorbs solar heat. That melts more snow and ice and round it goes.”
The “60 Minutes” co-anchor’s segment on global warming was spurred by a recent study in the journal Science that pegged faster-than-expected melting of glaciers in southern
Correlating a change in the AMO 11 years ago with a change in glacier melting, Michaels concludes that there “is no need to invoke global warming for any of this.”
Pelley’s report came a few days after one-sided reporting on the same topic by ABC’s “World News Tonight” and The Washington Post. The Free Market Project has extensively tracked media bias on climate change, including a one-side documentary special on Fox News Channel in November 2005.
[Cross-posted at FreeMarketProject.org]