05 Apr '11, 2am

Downplaying or remaining silent about climate change was and is a blunder for progressives

Downplaying or remaining silent about climate change was and is a blunder for progressives

Whether or not they currently believe in climate change, people are going to experience the climate catastrophe. Disasters are coming -- indeed they are already here -- and that is going to drive the agenda. It is up to us to explain why the floods, hurricanes, droughts, and other catastrophes are happening, and to lay out what to do. Even though people may initially curse the messenger and trigger despair, history shows that bad news can spur action and social change. It was the danger of nuclear fallout in America’s children’s milk that spurred the movement that led to a ban on nuclear testing and ultimately to the reduction of strategic arsenals by 80 percent. It was Rachel Carson’s revelation in Silent Spring that DDT was poisoning the songbirds that led the public to understand the ecological interaction of nature and therefore support environmental protection legisla...

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