The Providence Journal’s Commentary pages have long been a forum for informed opinions, so I remain disappointed to see it publish polluter propaganda such as the Oct. 21 Commentary piece by Tom Harris and Bob Carter (“Whitehouse misguided on sea-level rise”). At a minimum, fair disclosure would seem to require letting readers know that these authors are associated with the infamous Heartland Institute, a polluter-funded front group most notorious for billboard advertising linking climate scientists to the Unabomber (for instance, Carter is a “senior fellow” on the Heartland Institute website).
There could have been a disclaimer on their article: “WARNING: This product contains undisclosed conflicts of interest, and consuming it could be hazardous to your comprehension.” A bit of due diligence with scientists at Rhode Island universities might also have been in order before offering them The Journal’s podium.
Let’s see – senator uses distortions, innuendo, outright lies and guilt by association to attack scientists. Where have we seen that before?