For Further Discussion
1. Ross Gelbspan asserts that media coverage of the global warming debate gives equal weight to both skeptics and supporters of global warming. S. Fred Singer maintains the opposite—that the media overwhelmingly cover global warming as a serious problem and attempt to discredit critics by identifying them with the oil industry. What evidence does each give in support of his argument? Who makes the more convincing case against the media? Cite examples from the text to support your answer.
2. S. Fred Singer writes that the global warming debate has become less a question of science than of politics, with left-wing, Democratic proponents challenging right-wing, Republican skeptics. Does the politicized debate affect your assessment of the scientific research that both sides use to defend their positions on global warming? Explain your answer using examples from the James K. Glassman and National Assessment Synthesis Team viewpoints.
3. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) acknowledges that scientists cannot know for certain the exact impact of global warming on the earth’s climate, although computer climate models suggest that the planet is getting warmer. Gene Barth claims that these climate models are inaccurate and exaggerate the extent of global warming. Is it “unrealistic and unnecessary,” as the UCS argues, to expect scientific certainty before taking action to address the threat of global warming? Why or...
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