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ABD Calls for Unbiased Reporting on the Car and the Environment
"Activists have learned to dismiss those whose argument they cannot counter by attacking their integrity, thereby warning off not only other researchers, but warning off other journalists not to cover those stories."

(David Murray, in 'Media Coverage and Global Warming: Is There a Problem?' 1997)

As environmental hot air from the Earth Junket dies down, the ABD calls for more open and unbiased coverage of environmental issues relating to energy use by transport and industry, which lie at the heart of 'sustainability'. An unsustainable development diagnosis requires man-made global warming to be real, which is not the case. The cost of implementing the global warming inspired Kyoto protocol would pay for the clean drinking water rightly sought by Earth Junket delegates and save millions of lives, while not implementing it would have no impact whatsoever on climate change.
So the delegates have within easy reach the power to achieve one of their most laudable goals, but choose instead to cripple energy consumers and so harm enterprise and reduce mobility, putting political ideology before the needs of those in poverty and leading to lower living standards and further social exclusion.
Increasingly, the proponents of environmental catastrophe theory - lacking any objective evidence to back their case - rely on scaremongering, publicity stunts and vilification campaigns to silence debate and force their views on others through propaganda. Either you believe in every half-baked piece of ecoclaptrap thrown to the media, or you are an evil self-seeking climate wrecker in the pocket of big business. Yet the truth is, by unswerving adherence to Kyoto's demands, politicians are delaying the achievement of worthwhile environmental goals.
In the UK, Tony Blair's attempts to promote Kyoto and encourage carbon dioxide emissions reductions, contrasts with a policy of trying (but failing) to move people from cars to buses, something which would not help the environment. Cars emit only 0.6% of global carbon-cycle carbon dioxide emissions, a total far exceeded by buildings. Mr Meacher, managing eight or more plush homes, could help the environment more by driving a fleet of seven Mercedes from one more modest home.
Since this type of behaviour ultimately betrays a lack of integrity, the ABD argues that the only way forward is for debate and policy to be based on objective evidence, not political correctness or ideology. There are issues of real environmental concern to be addressed, but these causes will not be helped when the public realises, as must happen, that they are being duped on matters such as air quality, climate change and car use.
"Climate treaty supporters tend to become apoplectic at anyone who dares suggest that the threat of global warming is ... not established fact"

(Wall Street Journal, 03 October 1997)

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