Climate change is real — to science and the public

May 02, 2011

The fight against climate change has "fizzled," according to Jonah Goldberg ("Obama drops climate change talk as green movement fizzles," April 28), under the relentless assault of right-wing lies and distortions that have managed to convince a befuddled public that there is serious doubt about the theory and reality of anthropogenic climate change.

Mr. Goldberg might want to spend some time perusing issues of the Economist, a right-of-center European news magazine with a sensible and sober outlook on many global issues — including climate change. For the Economist, anthropogenic global warming is real and it is a serious threat, and the United States needs to be taking more action against it.

A February, 2011 Economist article about the debate says that both economists and climatologists ought to be able to agree on a minimum strategy of carbon pricing, elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, and subsidies for basic research but complains that Washington shows little interest in taking even those basic measures.

Another article from the same issue says that some 58 percent of Americans are, in fact, concerned about climate change. The reasons why another 42 percent are skeptical are psychological, economic, political and even metaphysical — but not really scientific.

A true conservative would be taking the stance that if the risks from climate change are even half as dire as some predictions, we would be prudent to be taking some preventive action before it is too late.

Elizabeth Fixsen, Savage

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