Removing climate denialists from power will be a prerequisite for change

Fundamental impasse on U.S. climate policy evident in House Foreign Affairs hearing on UN climate talks chaired by denialist Rep. Rohrabacher
[Via ClimateScienceWatch]

House Foreign Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee chair Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Obama administration climate negotiator Todd Stern, and a disparate panel of witnesses squared off at a May 25 hearing on whether U.S. participation in United Nations climate treaty negotiations is needed or desirable. The hearing exemplified the conflict within the U.S. power elite over how best to protect U.S. political and economic interests in the context of climate diplomacy.

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Rohrabacher, along with all the Republican leadership in the Legislature, believes that climate change is purely a political question.To him, the facts of the matter do not impinge on his ideology.

He views any attempt to deal with climate change at the policy level as a plan “to impose a lower standard of living on the rest of us.”

Until we get politicians who acknowledge climate change in positions to make a difference, we have little hope of altering our current path.

2 thoughts on “Removing climate denialists from power will be a prerequisite for change

  1. And the UN, of course, is dealing with the question of climate change in a totally a-political way!

    1. Not with the science. The differences on the two sides are really about policy, which is politics. That is expected.

      we should be having debates about what is the best policy here. This would include the UN, the Democrats, the Republicans, the scientists and the citizenry.

      But as long as one side refuses to acknowledge the science, then no effective policy can be arrived at.

      I’m not sure the UN has the best approach to policy or that cap and trade will work best. But those are political and policy issues. I would hope that conservative minded people would have useful arguments to bring to that discussion.

      But we can not have that discussion when one side denies the science. I would hope that not all conservatives are denialists. My point was that until those denialists are purged from positions of power, we can not move forward.

      I am hopeful things are changing. Just this last week Christie, the republican governor of NJ acknowledged climate change. So has Bloomberg, the GOP mayor of NY. If more Republicans like them were in charge of these committees, we might be able to find a good compromise policy to adopt.

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