The good news: Joe Romm has gone quiet (last post: June 26th) at ClimateProgress after a 14-year run as founder/chief blogger. The bad news: he has launched a new venture in the hopes of raising his profile and reach.
He has his work cut out for him. This irritable, emotional physicist-turned-journalist has long turned off conservatives, libertarians, and open-minded independents with his exaggerations (Wiki: ” Romm’s 2006 book Hell and High Water projects that humans have a window of opportunity of only about a decade to head off the most catastrophic effects of global warming”).
He has remained vitriolic and stubborn in the face of contrary evidence regarding dilute, intermittent energies, not to mention his notion of an unlivable climate. He will not engage in open debate with his critics–but likes to work behind the scenes to bully and discredit them.
Romm’s coauthored essay, Mideast Oil Forever, the cover story of Atlantic Monthly (April 1996) is a case study of for-the-moment argumentation that would be thoroughly refuted by events. His bold pronouncements of clean-and-green technologies relative to dense fossil fuels hang by the threat of government subsidies for wind power, (on-grid) solar power, and electric vehicles.
Front Page Live
But whereas Drudge aggregates and viralizes right-wing content, which includes a lot of disinformation and climate science denial, we will aim to aggregate and viralize accurate news. We are “liberal” only in the sense that climate science has been labeled ‘liberal’ by climate science deniers.
And just to add flame to flame:
We are trying to be a place that will save people time because it’s simply way too hard for anyone to sip quality water from the open fire hydrant that is online news and social media — especially because there is so much sewage thrown in.
And he wonders why he is not reaching an incremental audience, far less those who challenge his black-and-white record of exaggeration and error. The climate alarmists/forced energy transformationists are losing in the energy policy world.
I’m sure Front Page Live is swimming in money and will pay well to get (former) conservatives to amplify its message. (Carl Cameron, formerly of Fox News, a principal along with Romm, is the latest turncoat that includes Jerry Taylor and Josiah Neeley in the public policy world.) The site will, according to The Hill, “reportedly be populated with audience-tested headlines.”
But more gloss to Angry Joe will not do much to persuade an incremental audience. Open-mindedness, climate optimism, and energy realism are what is needed to be successful in a polarized political world.