Friday, October 22, 2010

In denial again.

Climate change is such an overwhelming problem that I can almost understand this response - Let's just pretend it isn't happening. That is exactly the response of a staggering 95% of the Republican senate candidates.

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. 

This was the topic of an editorial in the New York Times last weekend: In Climate Denial, Again

Interestingly this situation is fairly unique to the US. Conservative parties in Europe may disagree on the actions to be taken but do not deny the reality of the situation. It makes me think of the quote attributed to Daniel Moynihan (pictured):

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.

1 comment:

James Hawkins said...

Unfortunately, the candidates that did support efforts to tackle global warming have pretty much moved away from those positions (ie John McCain, Lindsey Graham) because the support within their constituencies has evaporated. Climate change has become an incredibly partisan issue in the U.S. Unfortunately, even if a majority of Americans support it, there is little that can be done at the legislative level while 60 votes is the requirement for action in the Senate. The good news is that the Obama administration still holds a strong hand to coerce the Senate into action while the EPA has the power to regulate GHG emissions.