The New York Times’ Misleading Rio Grande Story Debunked in Less Than Two Minutes

Known for it’s consistent advocacy of man-made climate change, The New York Times published an article four days ago making the case that the stretch of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico has dried up early resulting from human-induced warming.

The Grey Lady’s entire news report is riddled with contradictions that make it look like the article was an attempt to alarm its readers rather than a serious effort to conduct an actual scientific news investigation. One example is in the sixth paragraph, The Times admits the Rio Grande is a feast or famine river with two year wet and dry periods.

One major point The New York Times leaves out is that the stretch of the Rio Grande in question is located in the Chihuahuan Desert and droughts occur in deserts all of the time. New Mexico also has infrastructure in place to store water for area farmers to water their crops.

Toward the end of April, New Mexico ABC affiliate KOAT broadcast a news report (posted below) covering the main issues raised in The New York Times article. Not surprisingly, there isn’t anything to be concerned about.