“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” – John Stuart Mill
On April 28th, conservative columnist Bret Stephens published his debut opinion editorial in the New York Times. The article, partially about climate change, has led to many liberals canceling their subscription to the liberal New York Times.
Did Stephens argue that global warming is fake? No. In the article he wrote that “warming of the Northern Hemisphere since 1880 is indisputable.” Is it because he said this warming is entirely natural and we have nothing to do with it? No. He also wrote that “the human influence on that warming” is indisputable as well. What he questioned was the abundance of certainty about exactly what will happen a century from now and the tendency to say anyone who disagrees with policy proposals to slow climate change is denying science instead of opposing a political agenda.