Environment

Dead Enders

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorFeb 1, 2010 9:25 PM

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It starts. I'm convinced that Joe Romm will not go down without a fight. He will, to paraphrase a famous term from a far more socially divisive chapter in American history, destroy the climate debate to save it. You think I exaggerate? Check out his post today, in which Romm finally acknowledges that enviros are wavering on cap & trade. But in patented Rommian style, he's mounting a counter-offensive that should be stylistically familiar to anyone who has drawn the ire of Romm. (I speak from experience.) Be sure to read the polite response by Bill McKibben, who urges Romm ever so delicately not to use divisive rhetoric. You could practically hear Romm scoff, when he replies:

I'm told the bill is mostly a source of division right now. I think I've made my views clear...

You sure have, Joe. You should be selling tickets to the spectacle that's about to unfold. Everyone else should get their popcorn, sit back and watch with awe as the nation's most famous take-no-prisoners climate blogger goes rogue in the coming weeks and months. Rummy would be proud, if he was overseeing this battle, to see a true cap & trade dead-ender fight to the finish.

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