Paul Krugman delivers a brutal smackdown in the New York Times over the climate change bill going through the US congress:
But if you watched the debate on Friday, you didnâ€™t see people whoâ€™ve thought hard about a crucial issue, and are trying to do the right thing. What you saw, instead, were people who show no sign of being interested in the truth. They donâ€™t like the political and policy implications of climate change, so theyâ€™ve decided not to believe in it â€” and theyâ€™ll grab any argument, no matter how disreputable, that feeds their denial.
Indeed, if there was a defining moment in Fridayâ€™s debate, it was the declaration by Representative Paul Broun of Georgia that climate change is nothing but a â€œhoaxâ€ that has been â€œperpetrated out of the scientific community.â€ Iâ€™d call this a crazy conspiracy theory, but doing so would actually be unfair to crazy conspiracy theorists. After all, to believe that global warming is a hoax you have to believe in a vast cabal consisting of thousands of scientists â€” a cabal so powerful that it has managed to create false records on everything from global temperatures to Arctic sea ice.
Well of course. The right-wing nutjobs who have been denying global warming for years believe that precisely. They do actually believe its a massive socialist conspiracy by greenies to restrict their rights. That’s why these people should be treated as and seen on par with Holocaust deniers and 9/11 Troofers.
Unfortunately there are a significant number of these nut-jobs among the incoming Tory administration too. Which is a bad thing unless you remember the UK has diddly-squat influence on global negotiations around climate change. The Obama administration is not going far enough, but at least it’s on our side.
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