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Southern California's public radio station, KPCC, and its program "Marketplace" will host a daylong townhall Webcast next Wednesday to salve the wounded psyches of global warming paranoiacs everywhere. The symposium is entitled "Climate and Sustainability: Moving By Degrees," and is "aimed at bringing together journalists and the public online and at Southern California Public Radio’s (SCPR) Crawford Family Forum to decipher fact from fiction, to learn how our scientific understanding has evolved, and to understand where politics, science and business agree and diverge on how to create a sustainable future."

By on 6.1.10 | 4:41PM

Southern California's public radio station, KPCC, and its syndicated program "Marketplace" will host a daylong townhall Webcast next Wednesday to salve the wounded psyches of global warming paranoiacs everywhere. The symposium is entitled "Climate and Sustainability: Moving By Degrees," and is "aimed at bringing together journalists and the public online and at Southern California Public Radio’s (SCPR) Crawford Family Forum to decipher fact from fiction, to learn how our scientific understanding has evolved, and to understand where politics, science and business agree and diverge on how to create a sustainable future."

That's right: this public radio station has its own venue where it can stage its own version of news, which it will do by inviting only those scientists, activists and journalists who are sympathetic to The Inconvenient Cause. Those attending:

  • Dr. Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Benjamin Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Review
  • Andrew Revkin, award-winning New York Times Dot Earth blogger
  • Joe Romm, Center for American Progress and ClimateProgress.org blogger
  • Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
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  • Naomi Oreskes, author of “Merchant of Doubt”
  • Dr. Stephen Schneider, Stanford University
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker

According to the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media:

Program managers say the Marketplace workshop, in concert with the Gary Comer Global Agenda, is designed to address “the need for public understanding and tough reporting around energy, climate, and the economy.” They say the disappointing Copenhagen international talks last December and “high-profile scandals and corrections” involving leaked e-mails and IPCC’s mistaken Himalayan glaciers report have left the public “confused and bewildered,” with public opinion largely out of sync with scientific understanding.

Who's bewildered? It's the climate realists who've historically received the "tough reporting" from this bunch while the Society of Environmental Journalists have carried the alarmists' water. But despite all the media's efforts to frame the narrative, Copenhagen failed, Climategate clarified, and the public is in sync with reasonable doubt. When they promote their questionable agenda to call for massive increases in energy costs (cap and trade), that's not confusion; that's discernment.

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