I am writing to ask that Automotive News stop injecting editorial opinion into news pieces.
I have noticed a troubling bias in all Automotive News stories dealing with global warming: They all avoid the term "global warming," and they all portray the phenomenon as a highly suspect and debatable theory. Your April 25 story "States become fuel-economy battlefield" continues that pattern.
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that still debates the existence of that phenomenon. The vast majority of respected scientists and scientific studies on the subject verify the phenomenon of global warming and have done so for decades.
In Europe and Japan, the debate has moved on to how best to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, not whether we need to do so.
Even if Automotive News still doesn't accept the fact of global warming, there are more even-handed ways to portray the issue. To say that carbon dioxide is "a natural part of the atmosphere" appears to me to be an effort to suggest that therefore we need not be concerned by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Likewise, to say "a buildup of carbon dioxide may be trapping heat and warming the planet" ignores the vast amount of research documenting that pattern.
In the future, if Automotive News wants to doubt the existence of global warming, I hope it will express that opinion on the editorial page instead of in news stories.