New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has doubled down on calling conservatives part of an “axis of evil” by publishing a Friday op-ed explaining why he believes the right may bring civilization to an end.
“Republicans can’t seem to repeal Obamacare, and recriminations between Senate leaders and the tweeter in chief are making headlines,” Krugman wrote. “But the G.O.P. is completely united behind its project of destroying civilization, and it’s making good progress toward that goal.”
Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, said that while skepticism is part of science, “hardly any climate skeptics are in fact trying to get at the truth.”
“I’m not a climate scientist, but I do know what bogus arguments look like — and I can’t think of a single prominent climate skeptic who isn’t obviously arguing in bad faith,” Krugman said before labeling energy companies, conservatives and pundits as part of an “axis of climate evil.”
Krugman said that President Donald Trump hasn’t been able to get much done with a Republican-controlled Congress, but “that doesn’t change the reality that the axis of climate evil is now firmly in control of U.S. policy, and the world may never recover.”
Krugman’s op-ed may have been based on comments he made recently in a Twitter rant against “climate deniers.” TheNYT published a copy of a draft government climate assessment, which “concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.”
This amounts to a real axis of evil — and it may end up dooming civilization.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) August 8, 2017
TheNYT later had to issue a major correction in the article since the report they claimed to have exclusively obtained had been publicly available online for months, undercutting the article’s narrative that scientists leaked it to prevent the Trump administration from suppressing the findings.
“An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report,” TheNYT wrote in the correction issued Wednesday morning.
“While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times,” reads the correction.
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