Alexander Cockburn

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Alexander Cockburn is coeditor with Jeffrey St. Clair of the newsletter CounterPunch, and is a columnist for The Nation. Since 2010 he has been listed as a contributor to Chronicles because his work is syndicated through Creators. [1] [1]

On Global Warming

Contrarian views

In April 2007 Cockburn wrote that "there is still zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of CO2 is making any measurable contribution to the world's present warming trend. The greenhouse fearmongers rely entirely on unverified, crudely oversimplified computer models to finger mankind's sinful contribution." [3]

In March 2009 Cockburn attended the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change. Cockburn told Wall Street Journal reporter John Fund that "no one on the left is comfortable talking about science ... They don't feel they can easily get their arms around it, so they don't think about it much. As a result, they are prone to any peddler of ideas that reinforce their pre-existing prejudices. One would be that there is a population explosion that must be dealt with by slowing down economies." Cockburn said of the skeptics that "I think what they are saying on this topic is looking better and better."[4]

Cockburn's claims rebutted

Cockburn raised his climate objections in a Christmas 2009 newspaper column[5]; they were rebutted in the Monthly Review by John Farley.[6]


  • Incompatibles (1967) (co-edited with Robin Blackburn)
  • Student Power (1970) (co-edited with Robin Blackburn)
  • Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death (1975)
  • Smoke: Another Jimmy Carter Adventure (1978) (with James Ridgeway)
  • Political Ecology (1979) (co-edited with James Ridgeway)
  • Corruptions of Empire (1988)
  • The Fate of the Forest: Developers, Destroyers and Defenders of the Amazon (1989) (with Susanna Hecht)
  • The Golden Age Is in Us: Journeys and Encounters (1995)
  • Washington Babylon (1995) (with Ken Silverstein)
  • Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press (1998) (with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • 5 Days That Shook The World: The Battle for Seattle and Beyond (2000) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • Al Gore: A User's Manual (2000) (with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • CounterPunch: The Journalism That Rediscovers America (2002) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • The Politics of Anti-Semitism (2003) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • Serpents in the Garden (2004) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • Imperial Crusades (2004) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • Dime's Worth of Difference (2004) (co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair)
  • End Times: Death of the Fourth Estate (2006) (with Jeffrey St. Clair)

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Alexander Cockburn, Chronicles, accessed September 20, 2010.
  2. About, New Left Review, accessed April 23, 2010.
  3. Alexander Cockburn, "The Greenhousers Strike Back, and Strike Out",, May 25, 2007.
  4. John H. Fund, "Warming to Cockburn and Vice Versa", Hawaii Reporter, March 11, 2009.
  5. Alexander Cockburn (2009-12-24). Anthropogenic Global Warming is a Farce. RealClearPolitics. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. “The global warming jamboree in Copenhagen was surely the most outlandish foray into intellectual fantasizing since the fourth-century Christian bishops assembled in 325 AD for the Council of Nicaea to debate whether God the Father was supreme or had to share equal status in the pecking order of eternity with his Son and the Holy Ghost. ...”
  6. John W. Farley (2010-04-01). Cockburn on Global Warming: A Rebuttal. Monthly Review. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. “Journalist Alexander Cockburn once again questions global warming, asking "Global Warming: Farce, Fraud, or Both?" in a syndicated column that appeared on Christmas day in my local newspaper. I usually agree with Cockburn about politics, but I think he's seriously mistaken about global warming. Cockburn puts forward four arguments: ...”

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