"I'm not convinced that there are that many scientists who view [climate change] as this apocalyptic, end of the world issue -- but that gets a lot of coverage," leading climate skeptic Patrick Michaels said. "If I tell you the world's going to come to an end, I'll get on TV. If I tell you that it's not, I probably won't." Whatever venue did Michaels find to issue his gripe? On TV, of course.It's integral to the efficacy of the climate skeptics' shtick to push the notion that they're constantly being silenced, oppressed, and opposed. That only 'gloom and doom' climate scientists can get media attention, and that poor ol' climate skeptics are shut out. The only thing surprising about this angle is that anyone still believes it.
For the last couple of years, mainstream media coverage of climate change has been dreadful, thanks largely to the prevalence of long-discredited skeptics like Michaels himself -- who, it should be noted receives around 40% of his funding from the fossil fuel industry, as he's admitted himself.
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to suggest that climate skeptics like himself are blacklisted in favor of doom-and-gloom scientists is farcical. Michaels - along with other prominent climate skeptics like CEI's Chris Horner - have been fixtures in the media conversation about climate change for years.There's probably some public access station in Sheboygan, Wisconsin that hasn't been subjected to Michaels' debunked whining. And dammit, he won't rest until everyone in America has heard about how oppressed climate skeptics are!
Michaels himself has appeared on or been quoted by major media outlets (search included NYT, LA Times, WSJ, WaPo, USA Today, AP, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, and NPR) on issues pertaining to climate change at least 49 times since 2007. In fact, from December 2009 through April 2011, Michaels was the only climate scientist featured in television coverage of EPA's climate regulations, which he opposes.