When The Nation subjected us to five--I think it was five-- consecutive Cockburn columns claiming that anthropogenic global warming is a hoax, its defense was that its columnists choose their own topics. Yet a few years ago the editors felt obliged to disclaim (for no reason I could discern) a column that Cockburn wrote about Israel. So it seems that the editors do worry about the impression their columnists make, and Cockburn is starting to make The Nation look as loony as the Wall Street Journal editorial page. And the editors finally ended the sniping between Cockburn and Hitchens by simply telling them to cut it out. It is nonsense to say that you can't or won't decline to publish any more anti-science rants--would you continue to provide space to a flat- earther or a creationist?
One doesn't have to dismiss Gore's book to question his record on peace and the environment. And of course the usual suspects are jumping on the AGW bandwagon to push nasty things like nuclear power and biofuels. It is crucial to discuss these things, but rational people won't listen to someone who simply denies that AGW exists. When is The Nation going to get a knowledgeable environmental columnist--someone of the caliber of George Monbiot?
Oct 24 2007 - 10:14pm