Climate change denial has no scientific basis. The fact that greenhouse gases cause the planet to warm is well understood, and we have very good reasons to worry about the implications of that for humanity. And yet, in the richest and most advanced nation on Earth, one of the two dominant political parties has fielded candidates that overwhelmingly reject climate science. Of the 48 Senatorial candidates the Republican Party fielded for the mid-term elections, only one openly agreed that humans are causing the climate to change, and he lost to a Tea Party insurgent.
As George Monbiot points out, this is deeply troubling. We don’t have much time to start the global transition to carbon neutrality, and yet a strategy based around blatantly denying the truth continues to be successful in the United States.
Those pushing for effective action on climate change need to turn the tide somehow. Part of that will have to be debunking appealing but faulty arguments made by opponents of action, along with relentlessly making the case for why the mitigation of climate change is the right choice – both because of the risks it diminishes and because of the opportunities it provides.