Paul Krugman in his NYT column today tells why we are not getting serious energy policy legislation out of Washington, D.C. Krugman lines up with Andrew H., if you’ve been reading this blog regularly. Read his essay here. Krugman’s colleague Ross Douthat takes a different view on the consequences in his related piece today. While acknowledging that conservatives have blocked efforts to pass federal legislation aimed at curbing global warming and that they are wrong to say the scientific evidence is not solid, he downplays the potential impacts of a hotter Earth. (I think he’s too calm about what’s happened and the environmental damage that is looming.) Read him here, and consider subscribing to the NYT if you appreciate this kind of serious thinking and writing. Lee Wasserman of the Rockefeller Family Fund has a third essay in the NYT that scorches the Obama administration in particular on its legislative approach that she says paved the way for failure on any serious climate change-control law. Read Wasserman’s sour comments here.