Twitter Battle Reveals Reporters Have Blacklisted This Climate Expert

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Reporters have apparently put Roger Pielke, Jr. on their “do not call” list despite his expertise on extreme weather trends, according to information that was revealed during a Twitter fight between the climate expert and a news editor.

Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman told Pielke he was “on many reporters’ ‘do not call’ lists despite your expertise” after the two got into a spat on Twitter. Pielke wanted Freedman to make a correction to an article we was quoted in.

Pielke demanded a correction, and slammed Mashable for misquoting him, which sparked Freedman to remove Pielke’s quotes from the story altogether. That only escalated things in their Twitter battle.

Freedman fired back:

Pielke’s no global warming skeptic, but he’s made a name for himself challenging scientists, politicians and activists claiming global warming is making extreme weather more frequent and severe.

Pielke testified before Congress in 2013, telling senators that global warming was not making weather worse — evidence that’s supported by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change findings.

Despite the evidence behind his claims, Pielke became a controversial figure in climate science. Democratic lawmakers even targeted him in an investigation into the funding sources behind researchers who disagree with the White House on climate science.

Environmentalists also forced Pielke to give up his role as a contributing author on FiveThirtyEight, the website founded by predictive pollster Nate Silver. He stopped writing for the site in 2014 after left-leaning news outlets and blogs attacked an article he wrote debunking claims about global warming’s impact on damages from extreme weather.

The Democratic investigation was the last straw for Pielke, and he stopped publishing academic work on climate science in 2015.

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