Petition calls on Star Tribune to stop paying attention to climate change deniers

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In the wake of the Los Angeles Times deciding to discontinue publication of letters to the editor from climate change deniers, a petition signed by more than 1,100 people as of this morning calls upon on the Star Tribune to do the same thing.

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"With the science on climate change becoming increasingly grim and time running out to prevent catastrophic extreme weather events from becoming near-constant occurrences, we can't afford to let major American newspapers mislead the public by printing factually incorrect climate change denial conspiracy theories," the petition, addressed to Strib editor Rene Sanchez, says. "It is time for every major newspaper in the United States to explicitly reject climate change denial and publicly announce that they won't promote lies in their pages."

Somewhat curiously, the petition specifically cites a relatively down-the-middle October op-ed from former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson as the type of piece the paper should no longer run.

Strib editors let Gerson "attack the messengers, aka the scientists, with an ad hominem attack to cast doubt into the truth of the message they bring," the petition says.

But here's an excerpt from Gerson's not-exactly-fire-breathing piece, which ran on the Strib's website in October (it's unclear whether it ran it print too):
The intersection of science and policy, of climate and politics, has become a bloody crossroads. Blog-based arguments over ocean temperatures and the thickness of the Greenland ice sheet are as shrill and personal as any Tea Party primary challenge. And the IPCC report -- designed to describe areas of scientific consensus -- has become an occasion for polarization.

Environmental advocates have done their side no favors. The most eager have been caught in a sleight of hand. In the past, they have used relatively brief periods of warming and short-term weather patterns to bolster their arguments about climate disruption -- a tactic that has come back to bite them in the El Niño.
Gerson's op-ed goes on to acknowledge that the 15-year hiatus in global warming detailed in a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report "is both misleading and pretty much irrelevant."

"[T]he occasional flattening of temperature rises is exactly what you'd expect in climate science, which assumes bumps upward and downward along a generally rising curve," Gerson writes.

In other words, in the Gerson case, at least, the Strib isn't exactly running the stuff of MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, who made headlines for claiming climate change is "just a complete United Nations fraud" during a rant on the House floor earlier this year.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Climate change deniers are idiots and jerks and I wouldn't want to publish they're crap... UNLESS some group sent me a petition with thousands of signatures telling me to censor them.
That alone would be enough to tell me that there's interest in the story and that my advertisers WILL get their money's worth and that it has journalistic value.


Eddie Lyndberg
Eddie Lyndberg

Great. Here comes old fashioned USSR style censorship of the media. Glad I have the internet. Enough said!

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Aren't newspapers printed on paper that comes from trees? Trees help the environment by absorbing CO2 and producing oxygen. Fewer readers = more trees.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

Strib probably owned by Koch Brothers or Murdock..total liars

Carla Mayer
Carla Mayer

You might as well be reading the Natl Enquirer. When pure science is trumped by a small number of morons with deep pocket interests, why even bother being a newspaper anymore?

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

So people don't want the Star Tribune telling people that there is no such thing as climate change? It's their paper...they can say what they want. The climate IS changing but there is no solid evidence why....oh wait...this is earth. Things happen because they happen.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Just watched Werner Herzogs  “Encounters at the End of the World


its about Antartica and it smashes deniers

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Anybody who isn't afraid to ask questions can see man made global warming is a myth. C3 put together a great basket of source cited, peer reviewed scientific data suggesting man made global warming is even more of a myth then ever on Nov 15. Stuff you definately won't hear from the msm. Stuff you'd think an alt weekly (like CP pretends to be) would cover. I'd post the link to the article, but am unable to from my phone.

Bindibop
Bindibop

Yeah, the Strib. The only thing that qualifies as an "Outdoors"-worthy feature is a hunting story. The Strib has made hunters the arbiters of nature conservation. You see, to hunt they have to be outdoors...in nature. These hunters have a vested interest in conserving habitats because they want to make sure enough animals will be born for them to eventually, shoot and kill...excuse me, "harvest."

Mark Rustad
Mark Rustad

Why do you think the Strib cares about news?

Cara Flora
Cara Flora

C'mon City Pages you know how this works. Corporate ownership trumps objective reporting. what they say goes. When three major corporations own most of the country's major papers, they are all reporting the same things.

Ann Zaiser
Ann Zaiser

Climate change could significantly affect Minnesota lakes and tourism! Please do not ignore it.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Exactly, Jim Hall. It's good to see people not drinking the kool-aid. The truth would slap people in the face if they only let it.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Jim Hall is that to say the industrial revolution has had zero effect on the environment and chemical make up of the atmosphere?

that seems like a tough sale

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

And the bible smashes heathens...lol

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran oh right, you've got a link refuting common sense and scientific fact

go to sleep  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Thanks for getting it :)

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

@mingtran I agree. The truth has been slapping the face of climate-change deniers for a while now and they keep drinking the kool-aid of denial.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran I've read the bible twice and am definitely a heathen.  Where do I get in line for my smashing?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I did retard juice. Check my first post.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You don't even know what you said. How is anyone else supposed to know what you mean?

Bindibop
Bindibop

When you say 'damaging to all' I have to assume you're referring to the pocketbooks of big oil and other polluters.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Scientists aren't science. Antarctic ice sheet gain is currently at record levels. I just smashed you. You have a horrible track record. What makes you think you could possibly smash me? I've put you to bed everytime.

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

What does liking good music have to do with kool-aid?  Unless you are proposing "the Current" starts giving away free kool-aid, in which case I concur.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Anybody who rocks a "the Current" hat while doing a pose showcasing said hat definitely drinks the kool-aid. Keep bangin timbrackett.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The priest's quarters, I think.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Pure awesomeness. Show me the technicals.

Nobody has ever loved you. That's why you are who you are

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Somebody has to let you guys know

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran technically, you lose and further embarrassed yourself.

nobody cares what you say on here...its obvious i am loved

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Retards are always afraid to research on their own, that's why they stay retarded. Like I stated before, I can't post links from my phone.

Stop losing in every response. I want a challenge.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

So is science you schmuck. Keep stroking my ego, your hands are so soft.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Science is relative to space, time, and instrumentation. Scientists aren't science. Just like priests aren't Christians and politicians don't help the people they were elected to help. Not a new concept, retard juice.

Remember the other day I served you so bad you deleted all your comments to me? Yeah, I do too.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Avg temp hasn't gone up for 13 years. Polar bear numbers have increased 20% in that same span. Science first called it "manmade global warming." Now it's "climate change" that there is scientific proof we haven't got any warmer. 36 of 38 climate change conputer models were proven wrong (which is the main data all pro global warmers were using for their argument), yet head the head guy in charge of models went on record saying he was MORE certain of man made climate change than he was before his models were proven wrong. And now msm's want to stifle opposition to the myth they created. Check out the data i referenced, you'll learn something.

Bindibop
Bindibop

mingtran, you're the simpleton who looks out his window and says, "Hey ma, it's snowing! That means there ain't no global warming."

Does your special internet link point out that the new ice is extremely thin and, therefore, vulnerable?

Long-term trends are what is most important. Most projections still show a seasonally ice free Arctic Ocean by the middle of the century.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran record levels huh? thats funny since record keeping only started in the 20th century. 

what does all this mean? is science just made up like religion? 

since everyone with PHD's are wrong according to you, does anything even matter?


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