Rupert Murdoch takes on global warming

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His Rupertness has a full-page column at the beginning of the opinion section of today’s New York Post announcing News Corp.’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2010. It begins:

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia; the last few months and years have brought some changes there:

In Melbourne, 2006 was the 10th straight year with below-average rain fall. And 2005 was the hottest year on record throughout Australia. Australia is suffering its worst drought in 100 years.

Now, I realize we can’t take just one year in one city or even one continent as proof that something unusual is happening. And I am no scientist. But there are signs around the world, and I do know how to assess a risk.

Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats. We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can’t afford the risk of inaction. …

This raises a very interesting question: If Murdoch succeeds in taking over Dow Jones, is he going to force the Wall Street Journal‘s editorialists to acknowledge that the earth is getting warmer?