The reporter did a good job canvassing some of the complications of climate change science and gave the last word to the consensus:
“The American government might not agree,” Folland said. “Most American scientists do.”
But the article still leaves an impression that scientists are lined up pretty evenly on both sides - which is a fiction. Regardless of the good work, and the likely good intentions, this ends up being just another victory for those who hope to delay a sensible social or policy response to climate change.
As long as the North American public continues to believe there are significant scientific issues unresolved - as long as President G.W. Bush can get away with saying “I think there is a debate about whether it's caused by mankind or whether it's caused naturally” - the risks of climate change will continue to get worse.