A scientist from California admitted that he “left out the whole truth” about climate change, blaming it mainly on human causes, in order to publish his study in a prestigious scientific journal.
Patrick T. Brown, Johns Hopkins University Professor and PhD in Earth and Climate Sciences, admitted in a online article in The Free Press, a blog entry i a series of social media posts that hand distorted thand his findings educationit’s in the applicationeal to the eeditors of Nature and Science, which are prestigious online science journals.
“And the editors of these journals have made it abundantly clear, both in what they publish and in what they reject, that they want papers on climate that support certain pre-approved narratives, even when those narratives come at the expense of broader knowledge for society,” Brown wrote in The Free Press.
Brown’s study published in Nature on August 30 stated that climate change affected the extreme behavior of wildfires such as devastating fires in California and Maui. The established scientist now admits he “focused narrowly” on just the human influence of wildfires, rather than focusing broadly on the complexities of other “obviously relevant factors.”
He blamed his view on the pressure scientists face to publish their studies in prestigious papers and the need to create catchy abstracts that can make headlines.
Brown told The Free Press that he’s not “disowning” his paper by criticizing how it chose to approach the piece, but admits it’s less “helpful than it could have been.”
“You may be wondering at this point if I’m denying my own role. I’m not,” Brown wrote. “On the contrary, I think it advances our understanding of the role of climate change in the daily behavior of wildfires. It’s just that the process of customizing the research for an eminent journal made it less useful. than it could have been.”
Brown wrote that the study did not look bad forest management and other factors that are just as important to fire behavior because he “knew that it would detract from the net narrative focused on the negative impact of climate change and therefore decrease the odds that the paper would go on to meet with editors and Nature reviewers.”
He added that this bias in climate science “misinforms the public” and “makes practical solutions more difficult to achieve.”
“Identifying and focusing on problems rather than studying the effectiveness of solutions means that the most compelling abstracts can make headlines, but it is one of the main reasons why high-profile research is not as useful to society as could be,” Brown wrote. in an X thread (formerly Twitter) on September 5th.
California Assembly Leader James Gallagher, a Republican, blasted liberals as “selecting data” to “fit their agenda.”
“Patrick Brown is saying the quiet part out loud: Liberals are cherry-picking data to fit an agenda and push radical policies that drive the cost of living,” Gallagher told Fox News Digital. “Climate change is the Democrats’ excuse to avoid the blame for turning our forests into slush boxes.”
“If they don’t get serious about forest management, we will see even more mega-fires destroying the landscape,” Gallagher continued.
Republican Assemblyman Joe Patterson echoed Gallagher’s sentiments, telling Fox News Digital that Governor Gavin Newsom it pressures scientists to ignore the science and other significant factors that cause wildfires.
“Republicans want scientists to consider all causes of massive wildfires, including climate change,” Patterson said. “The problem is that Governor Newsom and Democratic lawmakers want to ignore important factors like forest health and fuel loading. While they pressure scientists to ignore the science, our state is literally burning.”