Posted August 10, 2018 06:03:59A new book from the New York TIMES has sparked outrage from the climate change community, after the editors claimed it was “a classic example of political bias” and the authors had “been chosen by the climate-denying community to write about climate change.”
A review by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Charles Pierce, who said the article “is a rare case of bias that has the effect of giving climate change a pass.”
Pierce wrote that the book is “a stunning portrait of the changing relationship between scientists and the public” that highlights the “distorting effects of climate denial on the science.”
“It’s also a rare instance of a scientist writing a piece on climate change that is not written by a climate scientist,” Pierce said.
“I hope that the authors will take note of the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to write for a number of times on this subject, and that they will be sensitive to the criticism and respond with sensitivity to the concerns I’ve raised.”
Pine said that the editor-on-chief had chosen the book, which was written by the authors of “A Climate of Lies,” a book that examined the “denial of climate change” by scientists, because it is “an exceptionally challenging subject to address in a scholarly journal” that “represents a broad range of perspectives.”
The article appeared online Thursday and was later pulled from the Times website, but Pierce tweeted a link to it, saying it was a “classic example of politics.”
“We know that climate change is real, and it’s causing more harm than good,” Pierce tweeted.
“It’s important that the climate deniers be able to present their arguments and arguments are persuasive, so that they can continue to use them as a wedge against climate action.
That’s why we have editors that are interested in finding ways to balance science and public policy.””
In a time of great climate change and extreme weather, the best way to deal with climate change as a real, global problem is to get the public to understand the risks and the consequences of climate action,” Pierce wrote.
“The Times is in the best position to do this.”
Pike and Pierce also tweeted that the article was “part of the long tradition of climate-related fiction” in the Times.
The Times said it was aware of the controversy and that it was reviewing the review.
Pierce also said that climate denial has “played a role in the politics of this country.”
“This is not an attack on climate denial, but an attack upon our political process,” Pierce told reporters on Friday.
“This is a political attack on our democracy.”
Petersen and Pierce, whose books include “The Climate of Lie,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “The Big Short,” both told the Times that the issue of climate skepticism has “gone too far.”
“When you are a public official, you can’t hide from facts,” Pierce added.
“But that is the problem with climate denial.
It’s not about the facts, it’s about politics.”