One way to deal with a problem is to pretend it doesn't exist. This approach has the virtue of relieving you from having to come up with a solution, spend money or make tough choices. The downside, of course, is that leaky faucets and other problems rarely solve themselves and, in fact, usually get worse if ignored.So writes the edtiorial board of U.S.A. Today in an editorial that appeared on the 16th. And what is the problem to which they refer?
Such is the case with climate change, a threat that too many members of Congress, most of them Republicans, have decided to manage by denying the science. That head-in-the-sand approach avoids messy discussions of higher energy prices, but it just got harder to justify.The editorial board is referring to the National Academy of Sciences report, America's Climate Choices. It was released on the 12th, and it "reiterate[s] the pressing need for substantial action to limit the magnitude of climate change and to prepare to adapt to its impacts" (source).
But here's the kicker. The editors don't just argue that those who oppose finding ways to deal with climate change are "denying the science". They compare the deniers to "birthers".
Taken together, these developments ought to leave the deniers in the same position as the "birthers," who continue to challenge President Obama's American citizenship -- a vocal minority that refuses to accept overwhelming evidence.Ouch! That has to hurt.