whatever the nature of the debate Lane's contribution is a hypothesis - one of many on either side of the debate
for example he writes "In this book I will lay out a hypothesis - tell a coherent story - that connects energy and evolution. I will do so in enough detail that I can be proved wrong, while writing as accessibly and excitingly as I can" (intro to the The Vital Question: why is life the way it is?)
then after he goes on to note his collaborations he writes "we are ONLY at the BEGINNING OF AN IMMENSE JOURNEY"
btw even his entire book is a resolution to that false dichotomy as you claim Lane's main hypothesis is based on metabolism first. therefore I am not misrepresenting him. to say otherwise is to contradict yourself.