It is disconcerting to think that if a Republican wins the Presidency in 2016, all executive action to fight climate change will be completely and utterly halted. Secretary Clinton gave an inspiring speech yesterday about meeting tough goals on generating energy from renewable sources, rising to 30 percent by 2027, a goal beyond even the Obama administration. All the Republican candidates currently deride the science of climate change using the same formulation, “I am not a scientist.”
Well, neither am I. But I’m sufficiently impressed by the feats of science, thanks to which we are currently visiting Pluto, a place so far away it takes hours for light and radio signals to reach us. And the methods of science, based solely on the evidence, suggest our planet is consistently and undeniably warming. Those who believe man-made activities are the cause has risen to 99 percent of the scientists.
To ignore the issue of climate change is to play a game with the future of the planet at stake. You would think Republicans would take the position, “Hey, I’m not a scientist, but just in case they’re right about climate change, maybe we should do something.” The fact that they don’t tells you volumes about where this stance is really coming from: donations from the corporate giants of the gas and oil industry.