Watercooler – All But One Of The Republican Senate Candidates Are Climate Change Deniers
This New York Times editorial gives us further proof that meaningful legislation on climate change will be a long and tough battle:
With one exception, none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming…
… A few may genuinely believe global warming is a left-wing plot. Others may be singing the tune of corporate benefactors. And many Republicans have seized on the cap-and-trade climate bill as another way to paint Democrats as out-of-control taxers.
In one way or another, though, all are custodians of a strategy whose guiding principle has been to avoid debate about solutions to climate change by denying its existence — or at least by diminishing its importance. The strategy worked, destroying hopes for Congressional action while further confusing ordinary citizens for whom global warming was already a remote and complex matter.
It will be tragic to watch these same politicians change their tunes and deny that they were ever deniers once the reality of climate change becomes undeniable.
What’s on your mind tonight?
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