When the headlines told us that the global warming debate was over, it seemed like we environmentalists could breathe a collective sigh of relief. The United States elected a cap-and-trade-sympathetic administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it is going to exert some of the “P” in its acronym after it formally labeled carbon dioxide a pollutant last month. So now that the debate is over, has the discussion ended?
Much of what I assumed to be climate consensus has been turned on its head since I moved to the Midwest from New York. Meaning, there a lot of people here in the Middle who care about environmental issues but are not convinced climate change is related to human activities and/or is as dire as predicted. I believe it is. . .and I also believe that in order to get buy-in from such diverse constituents, it’s imperative that we engage in dialog with those who hold differing opinions.
That inspired me to reach out to Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, who argued last week in a piece the Wall Street Journal that we are becoming victims of the “climate-industrial complex” because businesses that will profit from carbon cutting are saddling up to politicians and are demanding regulations that we’ve been told are coming. Some environmentalists have dismissed Lomborg’s assertions and refused to engage with him but should we kick “other” viewpoints out of the conversation about climate change? Who is the arbiter of what’s valid and what isn’t?
Read the rest, and listen to the interview, at The Huffington Post
Image credit: Emil Jupin and lomborg.com