Congratulations to the Associated Press for its plan to de-politicize coverage of global warming.
The AP has adopted new guidelines that instruct its reporters to stop calling those who reject the reality of global warming "deniers" or "skeptics."
The media have been stuck in the "false equivalency" trap, which gives space in global warming stories to so-called "experts" who reject the argument presented by 97 percent of scientists that warming is real.
That bogus two-sided coverage casts a seed of doubt on warming and provides life support for the bulk of the energy sector that fails to recognize the reality of warming.
The AP will now identify people who reject the reality of warming as "doubters" or "those who reject mainstream climate science." The terms "deniers" and "doubters" are now history at the wire service.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry has been pushing the media business to ban the word "skeptics" when referring to those who reject the scientific basis of warming.
CSI has said: "Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims."
The organization is happy that the AP dropped "skeptic" but feels the use of "doubter" is problematic.
CSI did praise the AP for the classification of "those who reject mainstream climate science."