For climate change, there are very few Jonathan Cohns, Ezra Kleins, and Merrill Goozners – very few in that non-government, non-NGO middle tier who combine serious knowledge of policy with the ability to write for the general public. The level of policy knowledge on cap-and-trade is abysmal. That goes for the journalists, pundits, and pols just as much as the public.
Something clicked when I read this. I've been feeling recently that I'm sort meandering in my purpose here, that I need to find a bit of a specialty and settle down some. Not that I won't keep publishing lots of random crap, but that I should focus a bit more.
Energy and climate make a lot of sense to me. I've got the science background. I'm a committed environmentalist--Edward Abbey is probably my favorite writer, even today. I know a bit about the policy, and the basic economic logic of externalities, but I don't have the policy depth, particularly on how greenhouse gases are regulated worldwide.
So, I'm going to start studying. Any reading suggestions would be highly appreciated.