The New Conservative Argument to Ignore Climate Change Is Even Dumber Than the Old One


nymag.com – Jonathan Chait

Over the last year, the most common conservative rationale for supporting unlimited, free dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere has shifted from insisting that carbon emissions are probably harmless to insisting that international cooperation is impossible. (Oddly, this shift has taken place just as international cooperation on limiting emissions has rapidly gained new momentum.) In a story proposing debate questions for Democrats, National Review has boiled down the talking point into a shorthand form that perfectly encapsulates its mindlessness: “Do you support President Obama’s EPA restrictions on emissions even though science reporters at the New York Times admitted in a recent story that restrictions will do nothing to combat climate change by themselves?” This talking point is now circulating on the right with enough frequency that it bears close analysis.

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