Fun With Charts

FUN WITH CHARTS….Yesterday I put up a post about the Bush administration’s latest version of the United States Climate Action Report. The chart I posted showed that Bush was proposing policies that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions only slightly.

However, sharp reader Linda L. points out that I was actually giving Bush too much credit. (I know, I know….) On the right are both of the charts the New York Times published to illustrate the report, not just one of them. Notice anything odd?

Sure you do! The “reduced” line in the chart on the right is exactly the same as the “business as usual” line in the original DOE chart on the left. Bush’s proposals don’t actually reduce emissions at all. He just created a higher line out of whole cloth and labeled it “business as usual” so that his line would look lower.

They never cease to amaze, do they?