… the bad news is the AP will also stop identifying as “skeptics” those who look at the supposed evidence of a human-caused climate crisis and find it wanting.
We have reviewed our entry on global warming as part of our efforts to continually update the Stylebook to reflect language usage and accuracy.
We are adding a brief description of those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces:
Our guidance is to use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science and to avoid the use of skeptics or deniers.
So, half a loaf. It could have been worse, considering AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein apparently had a lot of input in the policy. Borenstein is not a “straight” reporter, but hopelessly biased towards climate alarmism. Read more about Borenstein’s controversial coverage and public statements at this entry on him at LeftExposed.org.
Barbara Kay, a columnist for the National Post in Canada, has a sunnier outlook on this news because she is looking a decade hence. In a piece titled “AP Offers a Victory to Us ‘Doubters’ of Climate Change,” Kay writes:
This is welcome news, for it releases people like me from implicit mental alignment with conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites. It may even reflect a glimmer of hope that the honchos at AP are beginning to realize that the “doubters” might actually be on to something, and that it won’t look good for AP 10 years from now when the doubters turn out to be right after all. …
To be clear about my self-description as a “doubter,” that is really just a shortcut for saying I am a supporter of the real doubters – and by those I mean not doubters of climate change (the climate is always changing and always has), but doubters that changes caused by man are significant – that is, the scientists and those who have actually done deep research on the science around climate change. …
There is certainly more than one scientist and more than one investigative journalist pushing back against climate-change mantras. And they simply can’t be waved away as outliers or weirdos. Although God knows, a biased media trys to.
I have not done Kay’s excellent piece justice in the excerpts above, so please read the whole thing. It’s compelling, and cites the work and public statements of Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Bob Carter — who was the winner of the 2015 Winner of the Lifetime Achievement in Climate Science.
Watch Dr. Carter’s acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change in June 2015 below: