03 Nov '11, 4pm

Fox News bashes grad students' climate research -- their way of saying "we've never been in a lab."

Since the new IPCC synthesis report isn't coming out until 2014, deniers can't nitpick its findings yet. (Okay, yes, there was a typo in the bit about Himalayan glaciers in the last one, but that doesn't change the fact that GLOBAL WARMING.) Therefore, they've resorted to ad hominem about the graduate students who contribute to the report. The biggest criticism: They're graduate students! Why would we trust them on anything ? The Fox News story "U.N. Hires Grad Students to Author Key Climate Report" could basically be subtitled "we've never been inside an academic lab": Grad students often co-author scientific papers to help with the laborious task of writing. Such papers are rarely the cornerstone for trillions of dollars worth of government climate funding, however -- nor do they win Nobel Peace prizes. Okay, Rep. Henry Waxman says the U.S. government contributes $2.3 mi...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-03-fox-dont-make-fun-of...

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