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Mainstream Media (MSM) Newspaper OpEds

Based on past experience, it is estimated that ICSC will be able to get an OpEd published in a major or regional newspaper or magazine an average of once every two months, with a new article being submitted to publications about once a month.  With climate change and alternative energy in the news often in the past months, we have had several mainstream media publishings recently:

  • "Global warming ideology still on top—The science has crumbled, but too much money backs the scare", by Tom Harris and Bryan Leyland, published on December 8, 2010 in The Washington Times, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  • The Senate was right to kill the climate-change bill—Proposed law sets irresponsible targets that would have cost thousands of jobs”, by Tom Harris, published on November 19, 2010 in The Gazette, Montreal. Canada and was reproduced widely across the Web, for example here.  An attack letter to the editor was published by The Gazette the next day – see here.  Tom Harris had a correction letter to the editor published three days later – see here.  An OpEd signed by five McGill University professors was then published the next day to oppose the views of Tom Harris and the ICSC – see here.  Several letters to the editor and one follow-up OpEd were submitted from ICSC scientists to the Gazette and their publication is currently pending.        
  • "Inconvenient nonsense infiltrates the classroom", by ICSC Chief Science Advisor Professor Bob Carter, PhD, published on November 11, 2010 in The Australian, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia.  Professor Carter has published a number of opinion pieces on his own during the past few months and, although not originated by ICSC, we highlight these pieces on our home page.
  • "Climate Activists’ Exaggerations Will Damage EnvironmentalismBatten down the hatches: more climate alarmism on the way", by Tom Harris, published on November 5, 2010: The Epoch Times. See the piece as it appeared in the New York City version of The Epoch Times.  It also appeared in at least one other city on November 19, 2010 – Ottawa, Canada – see here.
  • Time to get real about climate change”, by Tom Harris, published on October 14, 2010 in The Washington Times.  Reproduced across the Web, for example here in India.  A quite different version of this piece was also published in seven newspapers in the Sun Media Corp. chain across Canada during the week of October 10, 2010 – here is one in the Sudbury Star.  At least two of these publishings were picked up by the Philippines World News Report and in other media.
  • The False Charges Aimed at Climate Skeptics”, by Tom Harris, published on October 7, 2010 in the English language version (including the U.S. and Canada) of The Epoch Times.  This was timed to coincide with the U.N. climate meeting in China—the newspaper included a photo from that conference with the piece.
  • ABC Radio fails listeners in climate change interview”, by Tom Harris, published on October 5, 2010 in Quadrant Online (“the leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia”) and it has spread around the Web quickly.


We have also had good success with joint OpEds where we team two ICSC authors together to produce opinion pieces, with the final version often having received editorial input from a number of ICSC advisors behind the scenes (as usually is the case with pieces by most ICSC authors)—here are three samples of this approach: 


  • MIT’s unscientific, catastrophic climate forecast” by Dr. Kesten C. Green of the University of South Australia and Dr. J. Scott Armstrong of University of Pennsylvania in the National Post’s Financial Post section, June 16, 2009.  We always try to get the first comments in on the site corresponding to a published piece and you can see Mr. Harris’ comment first for this piece at the above link.  We also prepared a special educational new release on this topic which we sent across the world.
  • True nature of climate change 'highly uncertain'”, by Tom Harris and ICSC Policy Advisory Board member John McLean in The News Letter, the oldest newspaper in Northern Ireland, September 13, 2008.  This piece resulted in an editorial in which ICSC was referenced positively – see here.
  • Barbara Boxer emerging as Senate's new Al Gore”, by Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris, Canada Free Press, September 26, 2007.  There are many samples of joint Ball/Harris articles available; some of those on CFP may be seen here.


Finally, Tom Harris occasionally ghost writes newspaper articles for scientists who lack either the time or the popular writing skills to construct such pieces.  Samples cannot be listed due to confidentiality agreements with the scientists concerned but we can say that these pieces have often had broad reach, one being highlighted as the main story on The Drudge Report leading to records being set for the newspaper in question for hits on a single article.

Even when not published, OpEd submissions are responded to by editors at times indicating that such input continues to contribute to media education on the issue. 


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