Cancel My Subscription

Dave 07My resolution for 2018:

Spend even more time calling out imbalance and extremism in the traditional and social media, on both sides of the debates. Support balanced media and cancel the rest.

 

December 28, 2017

National Geographic Magazine, Circulation Department

Dear Sir/Mdm.

Since I was a child, I’ve have been a reader of National Geographic Magazine. And since our children became adults and moved away from home about 30 years ago, we’ve subscribed for them each Christmas.

But over the last number of years, the National Geographic has become more of an activist magazine, and much less a science publication. Particularly as regards global warming – a term now apparently dropped in favor of the catch-all term, “climate change”, your coverage has been almost consistently one-sided; increased CO2 is destroying the planet. Although I must say that in, I believe it was your April 2007 issue, you had a foldout that showed that increased CO2 is significantly increasing plant growth across the southern Sahara, as it is around the world.

The fact is that climate change has been a natural feature of our planet for hundreds of millions of years. And in the recent past – the last million years or so – it has been both warmer and colder than at present, several times in fact. How about an issue dedicated to that?

There is no consensus as to the significance of human contributions to global warming, or to climate change And many prominent scientists like Judith Curry are now admitting that they were duped by their colleagues. Where’s the outrage, or even the coverage? The 97% scientific consensus on climate change was manufactured; the very concept of consensus on such a complex issue is itself, unscientific.

Nothing predicted by climate change’s Huckster in Chief, Al Gore, has come true. He predicted that by 2016, the Arctic Ocean would be ice free in summer. This past year’s Arctic ice minimum extent was 4,640,000 km², (1.79 million square miles), an area half the size of the United States! Polar bear numbers have increased significantly over the last 30 years; another prediction gone backwards.

Michael Mann manufactured a famous, and regrettably, very influential, hockey stick shaped, 1000 year temperature graph, that completely erased the Little Ice Age from history. That’s not science, it’s deception. Surely, frost in July and the Thames freezing regularly in the 1700s, and into the 1800s, are newsworthy climate stories from history. And surely those stories are germane to the present debate.

Antarctica – except for a relatively tiny peninsula that juts into the currents between the South Atlantic and South Pacific – is setting record cold temperatures, and is gaining trillions of tons of ice. Where’s the feature article on that fact?

James Hansen was one of the most prominent and often quoted, climate alarmists on the planet, until nearly 50 of his colleagues, and his supervisor at NASA called him an alarmist, and an embarrassment to NASA. Where was the coverage of that?

I could go on, but it appears that National Geographic, like William Randolph Hearst, Scientific American, Time magazine, and even The Economist, has discovered that alarmism sells, and has decided that: “If it bleeds, it leads.” I’m not interested, and our children and grandchildren have said the same; therefore we are not renewing our subscriptions.

Yours truly

Dave Reesor, Calgary Alberta Canada.

P.S. Kudos for a well-balanced article on the life of Jesus in your December issue. Bring that same approach to the climate change issue, and we may re-subscribe.

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4 Comments on “Cancel My Subscription”

  1. Donna Eliason January 5, 2018 at 3:29 PM #

    Again, I wish you had access to a broader audience. I will share but wish Geographic dared to publish your letter, or even the Herald. I have often thought of starting a monthly op ed bulletin at church to give inspired Christian viewpoints on current issues.

    • Dave Reesor January 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM #

      Hi Donna
      thank you!
      I’m sorry I’m slow getting back to you. We had a crazy hectic year in 2017, but I’m looking forward to a somewhat calmer 2018.
      National Geographic won’t publish my letter, but hopefully they will read it. And I hope other subscribers will take action as well.
      I’m really intrigued by your idea of your monthly op-ed bulletin at church. We attend First Alliance, and they don’t seem to be interested at all in anything that might be politically controversial.
      But Meritha and I are working with a group called Albertans For Kids whose purpose is to have conservative individuals and organizations work together to get our ideas into the public debate. So far we have Donna Trimble and John Carpay and JoJo Ruba and their organizations on board, plus a few individuals. We’re having a breakfast at our home on Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM. Would you be interested in joining us?

  2. Joe Gingrich January 6, 2018 at 11:26 AM #

    I’ve not subscribed to National Geographic for a long time.

    They seemed to present their articles quite fairly and used a balanced approach. Sadly, as with too many publications today, they may have strayed off course and lost their objectivity.

    When enough of their subscribers respond with challenging critiques of their articles, the magazine either pays attention and modifies or loses its financial support and withers..
    ]
    Hopefully your written response will help create a change and soon.

  3. Dave Reesor January 9, 2018 at 10:47 AM #

    Hi Joe
    I agree. We need to do a whole lot more, as individuals, and as a community of conservatively minded individuals and organizations, to combat blind orthodoxy on whatever subject it might be.
    Best
    Dave

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