I’ve done my share of Times-bashing on the climate change issue, so it’s a pleasure to see a thoughtful and sensible piece by Times writer Andrew Revkin. Unfortunately it’s on the web rather than in the print edition where it might do more good, but Revkin makes some strong points in a post that is well worth the reading. Essentially, he’s making the point (one familiar to readers of this site) that what we have here is less a science controversy than a policy fight. The rules are different and a lot of climate scientists and advocates haven’t quite figured that out.
I don’t think Revkin quite gets all the dimensions of the policy failure that the climate change movement has made, but in calling the proposed global system a “Rube Goldberg” like device he’s certainly on the right track.
Anyway, read the whole thing. If the climate change movement listens to Revkin, we will be well on the road to a more sensible and constructive debate on this issue.