- Please condense the argument that Stephens makes in the piece.
- The column began with a contention that the Hillary Clinton campaign screwed up its quantitative approach to campaign projections, and then used that experience as a springboard to launch into the possibility that climate science may also have such infirmities. Are you really establishing some equivalence between voter analysis and climate science?
- Why does the column fixate on the possible future impact of climate change when your own newspaper has documented current impact?
- Your columnist laments that advocates have stretched the boundaries of climate-change science in pushing for their agenda. 1) Examples? 2) On what public policy issue does this not hold true?
- Your columnist makes this very erudite observation: “Ordinary citizens … know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power.” Could we have some such examples?
I'm still trying to figure out the actual point of the op-ed.— Sam Litzinger (@SamLitzinger) April 30, 2017
If all of our columnists and all of our contributors and all of our editorials agreed all of the time, we wouldn’t be promoting the free exchange of ideas, and we wouldn’t be serving our readers very well.The crux of the matter here is whether the questions Bret’s raising and the positions he’s taking are outside the bounds of reasonable discussion. I don’t think a fair reading of his column remotely supports that conclusion — quite the opposite, actually. He’s capturing and contributing to a vitally important debate, and engaging that debate directly helps each of us clarify what we think. We’re already getting some spirited and constructive responses, and I’m looking forward to reflecting those views in our pages, too.