Post Environmental Reporter Urges Gore to Run in 2008
Itâs a slow news day and youâre an environment reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper. What do you do to kill time before your bicycle ride home? If youâre The Washington Postâs 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.
Thatâs 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 âmany scientistsâ believe ânearly 40 million Africansâ that are âat risk of starvationâ from adverse weather on the continent âmay be among the first human victims of global warming.â In a Sep. 19, 2004, article Grunwald and colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia raised concern about damage to a booming beach front property market from âglobal climate changeâ that âcould intensify storms.â
Yet rather than confined his subtle biases to objective news pieces, recently Grunwald has taken to boldly staking out liberal positions in his paperâs weekly Outlook section.
On June 11, Grunwald urged Democrats to stay the course politically, praising Al Goreâs 2000 convention speech theme âthe people vs. the powerful,â and chalked up John Kerryâs 2004 loss to Democrats voting âlike punditsâ by picking him as the âbest chance to beat Bush.â
Grunwaldâs hunger for liberal environmental regulation continued in the July 23 edition of the Post. In âAnother Kind of Gore â08 Bandwagon,â the reporter suggested âAl Gore should run for vice presidentâ because heâs âa distinguished public servant with limited political skills.â
Accompanying his free advice to Goreâs handlers, in âWarming to the Inconvenient Facts,â Grunwald derided the âmodest carbon reductionsâ that âwe rejected in the Kyoto Protocolâ that were targeted at 7 percent below 1990 output, but far below todayâs total. Grunwald even claimed âmost scientistsâ believe 70 percent reductions in âgreenhouse gasesâ 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 âmodest.â
So what more could Grunwald possibly want? The Post writer, whose column byline noted that he âbikes to work,â demanded âclimate-consciousâ policies that direct Americans into living Grunwaldâs 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
âWe have very onerous targets that were set for us,â Reuters news agency quoted Canadian environment minister Rona Ambrose in May. âWe believe they are unachievable,â she said off the Kyoto Protocolâs mandate for
On April 1, 2005, the BBC reported that emissions in 2004 were âhigher than at any time since the Labour governmentâ took power in 1997 and that âdata also suggests [sic]â that âBritain could miss its target set down under the Kyoto Protocolâ for greenhouse gas reduction.