Climate Editorial Buzz Continues

The verbal tempest over C&EN Editor-in-chief Rudy Baum’s June 22 editorial on climate change has caught the attention of the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media. Forum editor Bud Ward points out that Baum is not just under attack by some ACS members. He's also in the crosshairs of climate change skeptic Marc Morano. Morano is a former communications aide to Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a lawmaker who has portrayed predictions of human-induced climate change as the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” In his blog for the the conservative group Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Morano headlined an entry as "Climate Revolt: World's Largest Science Group 'Startled' By Outpouring of Scientists Rejecting Man-Made Climate Fears! Clamor for Editor to Be Removed!" Yale's Ward asked Baum whether the barrage of critical letters could have stemmed from an organized effort:
“I do suspect there was some coordination” behind the critical letters, Baum said, but he rejects any suggestions that the mailings had been “ginned-up.” He commented that when he replied to one writer that he would not publish a particular letter, he received four complaints about his decision within an hour or so. “So there was clearly some communications going on among the folks who were writing.” (Baum says he eventually published the letter, by an ACS non-member, in any event.)
Read Ward's article here.

Author: Cheryl Hogue

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