David Orr

David Orr is counselor to the president at Oberlin College. A leading environmental writer and scholar, he has authored eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency.

 

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A Solution for GOP Climate Denial

A gradual carbon tax proposal by the Climate Leadership Council is conservative, practical and long overdue.

(Photo: AP/Elaine Thompson)
(Photo: AP/Elaine Thompson) The stacks at the Nucor Steel plant in Seattle on February 25, 2016 F ifty-two years after the first scientific warning to a U.S. president, the Republican Party still has no official policy to deal with climate change. They say it isn’t happening, or if it is, it’s not our fault, or if it is, there is nothing to be done about it anyway. At the highest level, climate change is said to be a fraud cooked up in China. Of itself, political procrastination is not particularly startling, except for what’s at stake. Since 1965, CO 2 levels have risen from about 320 to 404 parts per million, and climate chaos is becoming evident virtually everywhere. The gathering storm goes unnoticed by those much indebted to the largesse of oil and coal companies, whose de facto policy is to kick the can down the road. Republicans are the only major political party in the developed world to deny the reality of climate science. This is not just foolishness or perhaps criminality,...