At the end of his piece on Peter Gleick’s messy attempt to uncover untruths at the Heartland Institute (what I call Climategate II), New York Times reporter Andy Revkin says, “The only people I see out there in the climate fight who – as far as I can tell — never admit to an error are people with agendas from which they can never stray. They’re perfect.”
He’s being tongue-in-cheek. I get it. But there is something critically important in his statement that should not be overlooked: most people believe they exist well within their agendas. The restauranteur serving organic juice in plastic cups, the journalist flying to Tuvalu to document the impacts of climate change, the professor complaining about gaining weight while ending each day with a bar of chocolate (me), we live out these consistencies every day, locked into rhythms and patterns that we no longer notice.