John Marion Tierney (born March 25, 1953) is a journalist and author who has worked for the New York Times since 1990. Tierney writes a science column, Findings, for the Times. He previously wrote the TierneyLab blog for the Times. The TierneyLab took a contrarian view about science and society: In 2005 and 2006, he was a columnist on the Times Op-Ed page, before which he wrote a column about New York, 'The Big City', that ran in the New York Times Magazine and the Metro section from 1994 to 2002. Tierney identifies himself as a libertarian and has become increasingly identified with libertarianism. His columns have been critical of rent stabilization, the war on drugs, Amtrak and compulsory recycling. His 1996 article 'Recycling Is Garbage' broke the New York Times Magazine's hate mail record. Joseph J. Romm has written that Tierney is one of the 'influential but misinformed' skeptics who have helped prevent the U.S. from taking action on Climate Change.
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