John Tierney Update: Eric Roston Rules edition

An evisceration worthy of its own post, and not just an update on this one.  Yesterday, I emailed Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age and formerly a Time magazine science and tech correspondent, if he could do what I, now 20 years removed from my own climate book, am no longer knowledge-nimble enough to achieve quickly — which is to use real information and not just invective to skewer one of the smarmiest bits of faux journalism I’ve seen in a while (and there has been plenty of competition, to be sure).

And he did.   His post on the serial dishonesty displayed by John Tierney in his hatchet job on Stephen Chu and John Holdren is delightful — and devastating.  If Tierney’s column were a Mafia informant, Roston’s reply would have left it in pieces underneath the Turnpike.  Tierney’s keyboard, I am reliably informed, can be found somewhere inside the concrete beneath the Walt Whitman Rest Area, milepost 30.2, southbound.

(Also, see Swans on Tea for what an acute nose for nonsense will do for you.  Not to mention Joseph Romm’s impressive rage, expressed at some length.)

Image: Southbound New Jersey Turnpike under the Pulaski Skyway, 11 January 2005

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One Comment on “John Tierney Update: Eric Roston Rules edition”


  1. Tom, I forgot to comment when you first put this up to thank you for the nostalgia you evoked with this photo. Everytime I drove back to my undergrad institution or flew back to graduate school, I passed under the Pulaski Skyway. Pretty amazing history as to how it was built and why it is there:

    http://www.njcu.edu/Programs/jchistory/Pages/P_Pages/Pulaski_Skyway.htm


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