I woke up this morning and the world was slightly different than it was the night before. Well, it probably always is a little different each day, but there are certain times when you notice this. I’m not talking about the bits of siding, roofing, and trees scattered about the landscape because of the very severe thunderstorm we had last night, although I suppose this is indirectly related.
If you are not a Minnesotan this will take some explanation:
Don Shelby newscaster, was the Walter Cronkite of the Twin Cities. Stately in appearance, white-haired (since birth, presumably), deep melodious voice, believable demeanor, nice guy news anchor for one of the local stations. A short time ago he retired and people noticed.
Michael Jungbauer is a Republican State Senator who sits on the most important energy-related committee for the state Senate, is a preacher turned representative, and a strong global warming denier. Given recent political shifts in Minnesota, Junbauer’s global warming denialism has been converted into real action, and Minnesota’s legislative body has been busy dismantling what was thought to be very progressive climate change related legislation since that (temporary) political shift.
MinnPost is one of those small web-only newspapers (though newspaper may be the wrong word here), an independent donor-financed (mainly) news source that became very popluar during the 2008 presidential campaign and has managed to get past the trials and tribulations of growing through a major (and very newsy) election cycle (after which financing tends to dry up) to maintain its position as a valid and legitimate, well run source of mainly local news.
That was the Minnesota part. The part of this story that you may already know because you live elsewhere on Earth is this: Mainstream news agencies have tenaciously stuck with the idea that there are “two sides” to the global warming “debate” even though the vast majority of evidence tells us that there are not. True, in recent years, news agencies are increasingly reporting that even though they are giving two sides to the debate, no one with even a whiff of credibility thinks that global warming is not real, important, and mostly anthropogenic. I assume that the news agencies are forced to do this in order to keep reasonable relationships with their news sources, which unfortunately includes all these right wing yahoos who are paid to insist that the studies are still underway and that we cant be sure about the nature of climate change in the 21st century. Which is too bad, because if the Fourth Estate were only to act on principle rather than blatant self-interest, those yahoos would more quickly either change their tune or fade away a few at a time and we could get to the point where we can think of our grandchildren living their lives in this world rather than suffering through a life we’ve ruined for them.
And this morning it all came together.
MinnPost, the new-style online news source, has a piece written by Don Shelby, the recently retired iconic local news anchor, about Michael Jungbauer, the well-entrenched Republican global warming denialist, in which Shelby explains how Jungbauer has it all wrong.
… Jungbauer is fond of making pronouncements from on high regarding the scientific weakness of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…. He takes positions in direct opposition to 98 percent of published and peer-reviewed climate, atmospheric scientists and glaciologists. … He uses big words and cites studies in his lectures… The problem is, he is not a scientist.
…He is an ordained minister, of sorts. But, although his official biography says he has a degree from Moody, he does not. In direct answer to my question, Jungbauer responded: “No I did not graduate. But I have a certificate.”
The truth is that Jungbauer was ordained by Christian Motor Sports International out of Gilbert, Ariz.
Here is a video of Jungbauer lying about his qualifications and climate change, provided by Shelby:
Shelby comments in his article:
He has said he has a major in biochemistry. That suggests he received a degree with enough credit hours to give him a major in that important science. But he does not have a degree in biochemistry. He told me that he is getting a master’s degree in environmental policy at Metropolitan State University, but that school doesn’t have a master’s program in environmental policy. When I asked him about that, he said: “Well, that’s what they told me.”
Shelby then goes on to provide a point by point refutation and expose Jungbauer’s lies and misrepresentations. That won’t affect Junbauer or his sneering attitude, of course …. I note that this damning video in which the good Senator makes himself look like an unmitigated fool was not snatched from some librul spy-infiltrator’s flipcam. It is featured on Senator Mike Jungbauer’s YouTube Channel, presumably as a great example of how smart he is. But I digress…
Shelby, seemingly unfettered by inappropriately cautious and “balanced” (as in “dangerously off balance”) editorial policy of his former news station (which is typical in this way) takes several paragraphs to do an excellent job of dismantling Jungbauer. I hope this MinnPost piece makes the rounds among the masses in Minnesota, exposing people who respected Shelby as the region’s senior anchor to a bunch of truth that they need to know.
Hey, maybe Shelby should run for Senate!
Do not fail to visit “Background claims by state Senate’s global-warming skeptic fail to check out” by Don Shelby, which concludes, “Sen. Jungbauer, an avid cross-trainer, may wish to start stair-climbing exercises. His next stop might be the top of the Capitol.”
Thank you Don.
Some will notice that the piece to which I refer was originally published several days ago and subsequently updated. It only came to my attention this morning, however. And it is not true that things that happened more than 48 hours ago are not relevant on blog. Well, sort of true, but not all the time.