The Corner

Judith Curry’s Heresy

This is a really fascinating piece in Scientific American on Judith Curry, whose great crime — or achievement — is to have dealt with climate-change skeptics honestly and fairly. What really strikes me is how the chief complaint from the climate-change establishment (for the record, I was trying to come up with a neutral term there) is that she makes public relations and marketing more difficult. I think the author is trying his level best to be fair, which is one of the reasons why it’s such an interesting read — the fairness comes across as a heavy burden.

If I had to offer one criticism/comment, it would be this: There’s no discussion of financial motives. I’m not making a right-wing version of the vulgar-leftist claim that all non-irrational opposition to global warming is profit-driven. But there’s really no disputing that there are massive funding issues at work in the global-warming industry. Anger at Curry’s heresy may be overwhelmingly in good faith. But it seems ludicrous to completely ignore the fact that climate skepticism actually threatens a lot of scientists’ and activists’ livelihoods and lifestyles. Certainly, if the camps were reversed somehow, the Left wouldn’t hesitate to point this out.

Still, Michael Lemonick should be commended for his effort.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Origins of Progressive Agony

What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement? Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are “no moderate ... Read More
Elections

How Will the Senate Races Break?

How will the Senate races break? We have less public polling to go on than in recent years, so answering that question is harder than ever. But the news is more optimistic for Republicans than it was a month ago.   Waves and Breakers Four years ago, I projected in mid September that if “historical ... Read More
U.S.

The Media Fell for Elizabeth Warren’s Spin

Do you want to know what media bias looks like? Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as ... Read More
U.S.

Native Americans React to Warren’s DNA Test

Many in the Native American community reacted angrily Monday after Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing that she has a distant Native American ancestor. Warren has long said she is part Native American, prompting mockery from Republicans and President Trump, who nicknamed her ... Read More