17 Oct '11, 7pm

NYT asks where climate change went, ignores own failed coverage

NYT asks where climate change went, ignores own failed coverage

The United States is the "one significant outlier" on responding to climate change, according to a recent global research report produced by HSBC [PDF], the London-based bank. John Ashton, Britain’s special representative for climate change, said in an interview that "in the U.K., in Europe, in most places I travel to" -- but not in the United States -- "the starting point for conversation is that this is real, there are clear and present dangers, so let’s get a move on and respond." After watching the Republican candidates express skepticism about global warming in early September, former President Bill Clinton put it more bluntly, "I mean, it makes us -- we look like a joke, right?" Americans -- who produce twice the emissions per capita that Europeans do -- are in many ways wired to be holdouts . We prefer bigger cars and bigger homes. We value personal freedom, are sus...

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