Are Harvey and Irma teachable moments on climate change?

  This past Friday, I posted here an argument that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, coming in quick succession,  might provide a good opportunity for Americans to ponder the effects of climate change on such disastrous weather events. But perhaps I was a bit hasty in coming to  such a conclusion. Oh, I still believe that climate change was a contributing factor to these storms. But I probably shouldn’t expect that public opinion on climate matters will now undergo a major shift. In an essay published earlier today on the website Axios,...

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Does Trump deserve blame for Houston crisis?

  The answer to the question in the headline above is affirmative — at least to some extent. Climate scientists generally believe that Hurricane Harvey is a product of global warming. But Donald Trump is a world-class climate-change denier. With nary a shred of supporting evidence, he says it’s a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and he’s loaded his Cabinet with crackpots who embrace similarly foolish notions. Anyone who dares to link the disaster in Houston to global warming likely will be accused by the deniers of...

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Regarding polls on climate issues

  More than a few of America’s most notable political pundits seemed to have failed to notice the full importance of a certain sequence of events: When President Trump returned from his trip abroad a few weeks ago, he pointedly bragged that he has withdrawn American support for the Paris Accords regarding climate change. But if he expected applause for this gesture from the nation’s populace, he was wrong. The fact is that most Americans disagree with the president on climate issues. But there’s a slipperiness, it seems...

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I predict that Trump won’t pull U.S. out of Paris accord on climate change

  As I write these words, it’s a little past 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and most of the major media are reporting that President Trump likely will make good this week on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from an agreement among most of the world’s nations to cooperate in fighting against the effects of global warming. I disagree. If Trump was going to reject the Paris accord, he would have done it by now. He wouldn’t be stalling around. I think he’s just trying to create the impression...

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There’s one subject on which I tend to go along with the crowd

    Of all the great controversies of the day, there is one in particular about which the wisdom I often tout is almost entirely  second-hand. Little or none of it arises from my own intellectual research.  I don’t really understand the fine points about this subject, but I have great respect for the crowd of  credentialed experts on the matter. I refer, of course, to global warming and climate change. The consensus on this stuff among climate scientists is so overwhelming that I am intellectually unable to disagree....

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