We are in a very, very strange and possibly fatal situation: When it comes to global warming — and, specifically, to the pipeline surrounded by a politics that tends to overlook said global warming — “realism” requires us to ignore reality. In order to come off like hard-nosed pragmatists who gaze unflinchingly on the painful facts, we have to ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus about the painful facts. This is a bipartisan problem.

Yesterday in our journey up and down and around the XL pipeline, it was the reasonable Republican. Comes now in the opposite corner — or what seems like the opposite corner — the liberal crusader with the Uncle Mario moustache, Henry Waxman. He helped kick off the Keystone controversy with a choice statistic:

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