Their Dot Earth column yesterday scolded a panel chairman for making jokes and not being "policy neutral." The author's main point was that "there is an unavoidable and counterproductive blurriness to the line between his personal advocacy for climate action — which is his right as an individual — and his stature as the leader of the panel, which was established in 1988 as 'a policy relevant but policy neutral organization.'"
I've really had it with their "don't rock the boat (even though the boat is sinking)" mentality, so I wrote this (http://goo.gl/QXc4x):
"And patrons of the theater should refrain from yelling 'Fire!' until intermission so as not to disturb the performance.
"Honestly, I wonder if people at The Times understand what they're printing in their own newspaper. What I read in your paper tells me that we are hurtling toward a global catastrophe caused by all the CO2 we've put in the atmosphere. Yet an editorial the other day called for a 'balanced approach' to new oil exploration (just a little more CO2, and then we'll really quit this time, we promise), and this piece implies that you prefer polite role-playing to someone who is actually attempting to avert this disaster.
Institutions like yours are supposed to provide leadership when we face grave threats. So far, the institutions have failed us, and, when the earth becomes crippled in its ability to sustain its inhabitants, future generations (if any) will surely damn our memory because of the passivity and timidity we've displayed."