Former vice president Al Gore on Wednesday said he was “sorry to see” The New York Times’ environmental desk close, calling it a “worrisome change” to the paper’s ability to cover climate issues.
Gore — who recently sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, a news network owned by the Emir of Qatar, and thus funded largely by foreign oil money — wrote on his blog he was sad to hear the Times was dismantaling its environmental desk.
“I am sorry to see this team disbanded; over the last several years they have consistently provided high-quality reporting on critical environmental issues, especially the climate crisis,” Gore wrote. “Newspapers generally are under economic stress, and unfortunately, the Times is also profoundly affected by the tectonic shifts in the media landscape. Its role in informing U.S. policy debates, however, is unique.”
Gore added that he hoped the Times reporters who focused on climate issues can “continue their crucial work.” The Times reassigned the desk’s editors and journalists to other sections, and said it made the change for entirely structural reasons.