The Media (and Presidential Candidates) Remain In Error On The Distinction Between Global Warming And Climate Change

Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

There continues to be a lack of clarity as to the distinction between changes in the heat content of the climate system  (global warming and cooling), and climate change,  in the media and by the presidential candidates.  There are erroneous views on the climate issue being presented.

As an example see the Washington Post article on August 19 2011 by Joel Achenbach and Juliet Eilperin titled

Climate-change science makes for hot politics

The article includes the text [highlight added]

“Four years ago in New Hampshire, campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain said to voters, “I do agree with the majority of scientific opinion, that climate change is taking place and it’s a result of human activity, which generates greenhouse gases.” He made global warming a key element of every New Hampshire stump speech.

This week in New Hampshire, the governor of Texas and newest presidential contender, Rick Perry

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