He's an optimist, Class of 2013, but he's also a realist and he knows deep down which way the wind is blowing. Having grown up in the New Jersey and Chicago, he's seen a thing or two in his own lifetime already.
His star is rising, and he's got friends on Twitter, lots of friends. In fact, former Atlantic editor Alexis Madrigal hired him for the Atlantic gig, fresh out of college, based on his Twitter reach and Twitter savvy. You can read Madrigal's account of the way he hired Meyer here.
In the right places at the right times.
Meeting POTUS, too.
Not doomed yet?
At the Atlantic site, Meyer introduced his NOT DOOMED YET newsletter last month with humor and enthusiasm, writing: "I have lost count of the number of people who have identified climate as “the political issue of the 21st century.” It ranks up there for me. Food, water, protection from the elements: It feels insufficient to say that climate touches everything, because it in fact permeates us. Physically, materially, existentially, the climate determines what it feels like to have a human body in this biosphere. And that means that every consideration of the future—of security personal, economic, and international—winds back to climate.''
''Even my current career, as a technology reporter, was inflected by the climate: When I first got into technology in the mid-2000s, I was partly drawn to it because I thought all that new wealth—and all that new expertise in handling data—might flow toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change, a phenomenon without a mind, is engrained in every texture of my every ordinary day.
And I want to follow it better. So I’m starting this [newsletter, 'Not Doomed Yet']."
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POSTSCRIPT: This blog tried to reach Robinson Meyer to get a direct correct for this story, specifically about why he named his newsletter "NOT DOOMED YET", but so far our emails and tweets to him have gone unanswered, no doubt to his hectic and busy schedule in DC. But Rob, if you are reading this postscript, please do shoot me a reply by email or twitter. Just need one good quote from you. Got time? Dish!