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Stevens has called global warming "a sick-souled religion" and compared the certitude of climate science to the certainty that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. A prominent climate researcher argues Stephens is wrong.

 "[Stephens] is simply repeating falsehoods spread by various think tanks supporting the fossil fuel industry." 

Would the Times publish an editorial claiming the earth was flat?

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But the Times has defended Stevens and the content of his debut column: 

"To pretend like the views of a thinker like Bret, and the millions of people who agree with him on a range of issues, should simply be ignored, that they’re outside the bounds of reasonable debate, is a really dangerous form of delusion."
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Critics say this isn't about diversity of opinion. Climate change is a fact, and denying that fact is extremely dangerous.

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David Klion argues that just "having the debate" legitimizes falsehood.

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The Times editors think Stephens is providing an important perspective. After all, millions of people agree with him.

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And many have said it's childish for people to be canceling their NYT subscriptions over one column they disagree.

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Nate Silver says we shouldn't listen to uninformed arguments under the guise of "open-mindedness." Calling out untruths doesn't mean you don't want to hear different opinions.

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