A Republican case for climate change

Four former GOP EPA heads have jointly written an op-ed in the NYT addressing the reality of climate change. Excerpt below:

NYT — There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.

The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in.”

So I have dutifully linked to it here and on the Dkos open science thread tomorrow. But really, publishing this in the NYT isn’t going to change anything. Those readers mostly know about the issue already. The Wall Street Journal, reading it on Fox News, that might help a little bit more.

But not much. One hard lesson I’ve learned in a decade of political activism, you can rant and rail, you can make salient points as this article does, it’s all for naught. The only way to effect political change is to get people elected in large numbers who will push your issue. And even then you’ll have to drag some of them over the finish line kicking and screaming. Appealing to teatards in Congress is pointless, they can’t be reasoned with, they can only be replaced.


  1. demonhauntedworld says

    Have to say, that was a pretty tepid case – basically they’re counting on the fact that they happened to be EPA heads under Republican presidents is sufficient to make their case for them. The rest of the article was much weaker than it could have been.

  2. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @ ^ demonhauntedworld : Agreed.

    Still beats the usual outright lying denial of reality however. Perhaps at least a slightly positive sign.

    Sure has taken them more than lo-oong enough tho’.

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