I pop out of bed early on Sunday morning. I have to get the jump on two things before my household gets moving: solving the theme of the New York Times crossword, and responding quickly to any major climate news in the Sunday paper.
Thanks to Joe Romm, however, I can enjoy my coffee and focus on the puzzle. Because by the time I read anything egregious in the Sunday NYT, Joe will have already eviscerated it….
…as he did with this Daniel Yergin oped, which celebrates a new, extraction-heavy energy “reality” without reference to climate (or coal, for that matter). This is denialism by omission, all the more potent because Yergin is not a climate denier. Ignoring climate reality in the context of informed discussion of America’s energy production arguably plays a more important role in the ecosystem of denial than active denial does. It creates respectable intellectual habitat for the climate-destroying “all of the above” energy policy.
Romm concludes: “Until well-informed centrists like Yergin confront the [climate] dilemma, they are essentially failing humanity in its time of greatest need to hear the truth from across the political spectrum.”
Read the rest at “Dan Yergin’s Dilemma: Energy ‘Reality’ Vs. Climate Reality”
Also see Seth Kaplan’s insightful review of Yergin’s book The Quest at Doctor Yergin’s Dilemma