Is Climate-change denial depraved??

In the November 26, 2018 New York Times, Paul Krugman says that denying climate change, as the Republican Party does on a regular basis, is depravity.  Krugman says that risking civilization for profit, ideology and ego is more than a crime.

This language must be way too strong, right?  But Krugman says no, it is fully justified.

Below are some takeaways from this article.

“Denying climate change, no matter what the evidence, has become a core Republican principle.”

“Aren’t people allowed to disagree with conventional wisdom, even if that wisdom is supported by overwhelming scientific consensus?  Yes, they are — as long as their arguments are made in good faith. But there are almost no good-faith climate-change deniers.”

“In many ways, climate denialism resembles cancer denialism. Businesses with a financial interest in confusing the public — in this case, fossil-fuel companies — are prime movers. As far as I can tell, every one of the handful of well-known scientists who have expressed climate skepticism has received large sums of money from these companies or from dark money conduits.”

“In practice, you can’t be a modern Republican in good standing unless you deny the reality of global warming, assert that it has natural causes or insist that nothing can be done about it without destroying the economy. You also have to either accept or acquiesce in wild claims that the overwhelming evidence for climate change is a hoax, that it has been fabricated by a vast global conspiracy of scientists.”

“Indeed, it’s depravity, on a scale that makes cancer denial seem trivial.”

The image at the top of this page is an abstract pattern in dried muds
and small fragments of red rock.  I took this picture in 
Petrified Forest National Park
in Arizona.

 

Read the entire article in the New York Times.

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