The Associated Press Takes Stance on Climate Change

Term ‘climate change deniers’ gets the boot

The Associated Press, which sets editorial guidelines followed by media outlets around the world, including POWDER, announced Tuesday it would no longer call those who reject climate change “deniers” or “skeptics.” The new guideline in the official AP Stylebook is to use “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.”

Others who reject mainstream climate science include members of the Flat Earth Society. PHOTO: Courtesy of Paul Schreiber
Others who reject mainstream climate science include members of the Flat Earth Society. PHOTO: Courtesy of Paul Schreiber

A statement from the AP provided some background on the change, stating the term skeptic is no longer considered accurate because “proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.” Additionally, the statement explained those who reject climate science say the phrase denier has the pejorative ring of Holocaust denier so The Associated Press prefers climate change doubter or someone who rejects mainstream science.

The announcement came a day after the anniversary of the People’s Climate March, when more than 300,000 people marched in New York City to demand governments take action against climate change.

Because POWDER follows AP Style guidelines (not to mention mainstream science), it will adopt the change effective immediately.