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of events: When President Trump returned from his trip abroad a few weeks ago, he pointedly bragged that he has withdrawn American support for the Paris Accords regarding climate change.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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Scientists scrambling to protect data from Trump’s team

  Of the many crazy statements made by Donald Trump in the past year, one of the scariest is his claim that global warming is a hoax hatched by China. It suggests that as president, Trump will try to thwart America’s leadership role in the war against climate change. Indeed, The Donald has been packing his Cabinet with global-warming deniers, and his transition team at the Department of Energy has asked agency officials for names of employees and contractors who have participated in international climate talks and worked on the...

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Tennessee fires bring to mind nonsense peddled by George Will

  Political columnist George Will is a notorious — and irresponsible — denier of mainstream scientific theories regarding global warming and climate change. To hear him tell it, if the impact of climate change on humans isn’t more calamitous year after year, the science is bogus. Joe Romm, a credentialed scientist, once put it this way, seemingly with Will in mind: “The goal of disinformers and their media allies is to create a straw man whereby those who accept the overwhelming judgment of science are accused of...

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