16 Feb '12, 6pm

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With the Keystone XL pipeline back in the news this week, there’s been some interesting discussion on the interwebs about the tensions between climate analysts and climate advocates. Time ‘s Bryan Walsh has a nice run-down and cites an interesting recent post from George Hoberg called “The Three Logics of Climate Politics .” Here’s Hoberg: The logics of analysis and advocacy are fundamentally different. The analyst is guided by aspirations for truth and well-reasoned argument, and guided largely by the value of maximizing the cost-effectiveness of solutions. They chaff against exaggerations and misuse of data by advocates on all sides, and search for the best reasoned argument for the most efficient path forward. In contrast, the climate advocate is trying to maximize political leverage in an effort to foster systemic transformation of the energy system. The logic of polit...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-change/climate-analysts-are-from...

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