Nothing is more dangerous than a polite conversation.
On April 28th Brett Stephens wrote his first NY Times column, but dropped a complete bomb, he made it seem respectable to not robotically accept every bit of wild hyperbole about climate science:
“Let me put it another way. Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.
None of this is to deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences. But ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism. They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power.”
Climate scientist Michael E. Mann launched the hashtag #ShowYourCancellation this week after the paper’s public editor defended the decision to hire the former Wall Street Journal columnist, dismissing its so-called “left-leaning critics” who they claimed were leading a “fiery revolt.”
Mann called for people to prove to the Times that they were actually ending their subscriptions to the paper over Stephens…
#showyourcancellation Many ppl believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. Not a good reason to hire an editorialist who shares their idiocy
— Kimberly Latta, PhD (@Kimberly_Latta) April 29, 2017
Things aren’t going too well for the Subscription-Cancellers, the aren’t that many unsubscribing, judging by the tweets at hashtag #ShowYourCancellation.
This”ll be the best thing for the NY Times if they don’t cave in.
How about a reasonable conversation on what to do about our warming planet?