Post Environmental Reporter Urges Gore to Run in 2008
Itâ€™s a slow news day and youâ€™re an environment reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper. What do you do to kill time before your bicycle ride home? If youâ€™re The Washington Postâ€™s Michael Grunwald, you might pen a couple opinion pieces telling your readers they are destroying the Earth and that Al Gore can help save it with another vice presidency.
Thatâ€™s essentially what reporter Michael Grunwald did in the pages of the July 23 Outlook section for the liberal
In a Jan. 7, 2003, article suggesting that â€śmany scientistsâ€ť believe â€śnearly 40 million Africansâ€ť that are â€śat risk of starvationâ€ť from adverse weather on the continent â€śmay be among the first human victims of global warming.â€ť In a Sep. 19, 2004, article Grunwald and colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia raised concern about damage to a booming beach front property market from â€śglobal climate changeâ€ť that â€ścould intensify storms.â€ť
Yet rather than confined his subtle biases to objective news pieces, recently Grunwald has taken to boldly staking out liberal positions in his paperâ€™s weekly Outlook section.
On June 11, Grunwald urged Democrats to stay the course politically, praising Al Goreâ€™s 2000 convention speech theme â€śthe people vs. the powerful,â€ť and chalked up John Kerryâ€™s 2004 loss to Democrats voting â€ślike punditsâ€ť by picking him as the â€śbest chance to beat Bush.â€ť
Grunwaldâ€™s hunger for liberal environmental regulation continued in the July 23 edition of the Post. In â€śAnother Kind of Gore â€™08 Bandwagon,â€ť the reporter suggested â€śAl Gore should run for vice presidentâ€ť because heâ€™s â€śa distinguished public servant with limited political skills.â€ť
Accompanying his free advice to Goreâ€™s handlers, in â€śWarming to the Inconvenient Facts,â€ť Grunwald derided the â€śmodest carbon reductionsâ€ť that â€śwe rejected in the Kyoto Protocolâ€ť that were targeted at 7 percent below 1990 output, but far below todayâ€™s total. Grunwald even claimed â€śmost scientistsâ€ť believe 70 percent reductions in â€śgreenhouse gasesâ€ť are needed to stem climate change.
Even that figure was too low for Grunwald, who characterized a Senate bill to cut those gases by 80 percent as â€ťmodest.â€ť
So what more could Grunwald possibly want? The Post writer, whose column byline noted that he â€śbikes to work,â€ť demanded â€śclimate-consciousâ€ť policies that direct Americans into living Grunwaldâ€™s preferred lifestyle: more urban, with more organic food, more mass transit, more walking, and less use of privately owned cars.
Yet unfortunately for the veteran environment reporter, he seems to have forgotten how unattainable
â€śWe have very onerous targets that were set for us,â€ť Reuters news agency quoted Canadian environment minister Rona Ambrose in May. â€śWe believe they are unachievable,â€ť she said off the Kyoto Protocolâ€™s mandate for
On April 1, 2005, the BBC reported that emissions in 2004 were â€śhigher than at any time since the Labour governmentâ€ť took power in 1997 and that â€śdata also suggests [sic]â€ť that â€śBritain could miss its target set down under the Kyoto Protocolâ€ť for greenhouse gas reduction.