This is an extraordinary and daring admission by a scientist who successfully published in the prominent journal Nature by narrowing his view of the truth. That is, he focused only on climate change when studying the causes of wildfires. And even then, he used techniques that showed the impact more dramatically than others would.
Patrick T. Brown is the lead author on the article, just published by Nature, “Climate Warming Increases Extreme Daily Wildfire Growth Risk in California.”
He wrote in The Free Press that he and his team tailored their article to the prevailing views at Nature on climate change.
“The first thing the astute climate researcher knows is that his or her work should support the mainstream narrative—namely, that the effects of climate change are both pervasive and catastrophic and that the primary way to deal with them is not by employing practical adaptation measures like stronger, more resilient infrastructure, better zoning and building codes, more air conditioning—or in the case of wildfires, better forest management or undergrounding power lines—but through policies like the Inflation Reduction Act, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
When beginning his research, he was an assistant professor whose more evenhanded papers had been rejected by top journals and published in lesser-known ones. While he is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, he is no longer a tenure-track academic. He works for the Breakthrough Institute.
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