Daily Telegraph & Daily Mail get Wind Farm Study 100% wrong

As usual the Daily Telegraph (& Daily Mail) misrepresent a new research paper on Wind Farms.  This is the Telegraph article and here is their headline:

“Wind farms can cause climate change, finds new study”

“Wind farms can cause climate change, according to new research, that shows for the first time the new technology is already pushing up temperatures.”

Most readers will give this a cursory glance and assume that wind farms are causing climate change on a global scale and pushing up global temperatures, hence wind farms are a bad thing.

However, even before you get to paragraph 19, we find that this is a total misrepresentation of the research.  The study showed that turbines mix the air, and so at night, warm air higher up gets directed down on to the cold ground, causing small temperature rises at ground level.

So, no overall warming, and no effect outside the vicinity of the wind farm.

All of this is in the Telegraph article so why did their headline get the story 100% wrong???

In fact it is impossible to avoid concluding that both the Telegraph and Mail headlines were dishonest to the point of being outright lies. But then that is not unusual for these two papers when reporting any story that doesn’t quite fit their preconceived ideology.

An accurate headline would read:

“Wind turbines might be affecting local ground temperature, according to a new study”

Unfortunately I cannot read the whole paper as it is behind a pay wall here, but you can get all the information you need from the Telegraph article – you just need to read beyond the first few paragraphs and on to the end of the article.

Why do people buy newspapers that are so transparently dishonest? Perhaps this is the reason?

For those who are interested in reality rather than propaganda click here.

When the “truth wins” assumption fails.

Sierra Club vs “Ethical Oil” – One of them is a Ridiculous Radical

I recently came across a debate on Canadian TV (via Desmogblog) that is worth watching – it’s  only 10 minutes long. It shows what we are facing across the world if we do not start paying attention.  Wherever their interests are threatened, multinational oil  and mining companies are pouring money into campaigns to undermine their opponents. They do not do this by argument or rational debate but by the clandestine spreading of misinformation, lies, and smears.  In many cases they have actually corrupted the democratic process [1].  All of this is obvious to anyone who is paying attention, the facts are clear, the situation incontrovertible.  But we sit back and let it happen.

In Canada the government has been corrupted [2] by oil and mining companies who are also trying to misinform the public via phony grass groots groups such as “Ethical Oil”.  The video clip (below) shows a debate [2] between representatives from the Sierra Club (an environmental organisation) and Ethical Oil.  All you need to do is watch the video to see what is going on.


[1] http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=338

[2] http://www.desmogblog.com/cozy-ties-astroturf-ethical-oil-and-conservative-alliance-promote-tar-sands-expansion (accessed 18/01/2012)

[3] http://www.desmogblog.com/unaccountable-oil-enbridge-already-polluting-canadian-political-environment (accessed 18/01/2012)

Canadian campaign puts the spin on ‘ethical oil’