The greens are going to feel pretty blue today then they read Nicholas Kristof dumping all over them in the New York Times. Some samples:
"The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so theyve lost credibility with the public. . ."
" I was once an environmental groupie, and I still share the movements broad aims, but Im now skeptical of the movements "I Have a Nightmare" speeches. . ."
"This record [of badly mistaken predictions] should teach environmentalists some humility. . . Jared Diamond argues that if we accept false alarms for fires, then why not for the health of our planet? But environmental alarms have been screeching for so long that, like car alarms, they are now just an irritating background noise. . ."
"There are many sensible environmentalists, of course, but overzealous ones have tarred the entire field. . . So its critical to have a credible, nuanced, highly respected environmental movement. And right now, Im afraid we dont have one.
Read the whole thing.