Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) puts “the case” against global warming in easy-to-understand terms.
First, according to Senator McConnell: “For everybody who thinks it’s warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn’t.”
The Senator is a Kentuckian. Kentucky is old king coal country where they remove mountain tops to get at the coal. Finding somebody in Kentucky who disbelieves global warming shouldn’t be hard.
Admittedly, disbelief of global warming is not unique to Kentucky or other fossil fuel states. As we said in one of our first blogs in October 2010:
“The difficulty with climate change is that its effects are masked by the variations in the weather that have a more immediate impact on our lives.”
So we cling to the belief that all the nasty weather events are just a part of “natural variation.”
McConnell made a second comment that is again representative of a large section of public opinion in the US.
“You’re not going to have global cooperation to do it,” McConnell said of climate rules: a comment objecting to Obama’s regulation of the coal industry. “So the idea is, we tie our own hands behind our back and others don’t. I think it’s beyond foolish and real people are being hurt by this.”
Unfortunately there are also real people who are hurt by the relentless exploitation of fossil fuels. And there are many others who will be hurt by climate change. Those others include my grandchildren.