This was originally posted on 20.02.2011 and it describes events that occurred in March 2007. It was written a few months after the events. I post it again here because recent events make it clear that the political circus remains alive and well. It is as germane today as it was when it was written.
“If one judged solely by recent [U.S.] media coverage, one would think that the deniers have a point. In an embarrassing display of political gullibility and scientific illiteracy, news organizations have repeatedly played into the deniers’ hands: by implicitly endorsing the deniers’ unfounded accusations of fraud against scientists whose emails were stolen, by portraying a single error within a thousand page report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as reason to question the entirety of mainstream climate science, and then by abandoning the climate story over the past twelve months, even as mainstream scientists were turning out one landmark study after another clarifying the extreme peril facing civilization.” – Mark Hertsgaard in Politico
The following is my amateur attempt at literary journalism. This was written a few months after the events described in an effort to purge myself of toxins acquired through my work. The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report had been published in February 2007, and the events described below occurred in March, early in my tenure as science advisor to the Florida state commission on sustainability. My little story is a very minor saga in the climate wars, but I offer it here for whatever instruction it may provide. Continue reading “My political rite of passage”