The Boston Globe is the paper I would vote for

Rural climate skeptics are costing us time and money. Do we keep indulging them?

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If there were a prize for being the best climate denier, the Boston Globe is the paper I would vote for. As climate skeptic and writer David Roberts observes,

Despite numerous challenges and a major shift in the climate discourse, the Globe has maintained the status quo in its coverage of global warming. In his piece published on Sept. 9, George Will, in the newspaper’s most prominent role, defended fossil fuel industry opposition to climate action, and noted that the global-warming crisis is “the most important topic at the moment.”

In his defense, Will cited a long line of scientific articles that warned about the dangers of the human-caused climate disruption, but he did not acknowledge the inconvenient truth that the bulk of the evidence that the globe’s average temperature has been rising and that that rise is man-caused comes from the Globe. The paper has published “climate skeptics’ own temperature graphs.” And this year it began publishing “data from the CRU.” Those facts are inconvenient enough for the newspaper to deny them, but they are also inconvenient for skeptical readers who find themselves forced to choose between accepting the newspaper’s denial of climate reality and rejecting it — or, more to the point, between denying the newspaper’s denial and accepting the denial and not knowing which is worse.

“The Globe has always been a source of great comfort to me,” Roberts says. “I am very grateful to the newspaper for giving me an outlet in which to pursue the truth of the science of climate change, and from which I can make my own informed decision about whether to accept climate change or not.”

As I will show, the Boston Globe has become notorious because it is the only national newspaper that has embraced the idea of climate skeptics as the good guys. That’s not to say I agree with the Globe’s skeptical position. In many areas, its reporters are at fault for misinterpreting the data, for failing

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