18 Feb '15, 5am

Politicians

There’s good climate news from the United Kingdom. On Saturday, the leaders of the country’s three major parties — Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Labor — all signed a joint pledge to aggressively fight climate change and phase out the use of coal. This isn’t because politics is any less divisive or partisan in the U.K. than in the U.S. Rather, it reflects key differences between our political cultures. On this issue at least, their conservative leaders, unlike ours, seem to accept the Enlightenment values of scientific inquiry, rationality, and reason. As The Guardian reports : The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter. The prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition have all clashed over green issues , but the joint declaration states: “Climate chan...

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