By Denise Tessier
It’s been nearly two years since the Los Angeles Times stopped running letters from climate change deniers, and a few other media outlets have since taken a stand against disseminating misinformation about the science of climate change.
The Albuquerque Journal is not among them.
Once again this past week the Journal ran a guest column advocating skepticism of the existence of climate change.
The May 16 piece by William E. Keller, identified by the Journal as a “Santa Fe Resident,” was written as rebuttal to a letter to the editor that had run a month earlier.
It is possible that Keller submitted his rebuttal in letter form as well, but whatever its intended format, it was run by the Journal as a column. In doing so, Journal editors gave it much more prominent space – on the Journal’s Op-Ed page, at the top right-hand corner – than was given to the letter, which was all of five paragraphs in a page full of letters that ran April 14.
Having cornered Op-Ed page real estate, Keller’s column also got a two-part headline to top it off. “Data support skepticism on climate” was the main headline, followed in smaller type by the sub-head “Hard evidence has debunked some hypotheses that have been part of the party line.”
In his piece, Keller called the previous month’s letter from Charles Caldwell of Albuquerque “a misguided polemic against skeptics” and he put those who are not skeptics on a par with Kermit the Frog (“It’s not easy being green”). From Keller’s column:
Kermit could also have said “it’s not easy being skeptic.” While skepticism is an essential element for science, Caldwell reviles skeptics who don’t agree with him, brazenly exhorting the Journal to “stop wasting ink on denial letters.”…