Climate change? Just mentioning the words turns hardliners in the US Congress and their screeching mouthpieces on talk radio apoplectic. In the wake of the failure of Copenhagen, critics of regulating carbon emissions believe they can shrug off concerns over global warming.
But political gridlock won't stop temperatures from rising. Which raises the question: are Republicans, who have thrown in their lot with the far right on this issue, capable of constructive engagement on this issue?
Of course, the left has its own share of apologists, as the Climategate disgrace has demonstrated. But it's hard to top the hysteria from muck-it-up right-wingers--don't use the misnomer "conservative" to describe these nabobs, as there are thoughtful non-left policy wonks addressing carbon reduction and resilience-building strategies--who would kill their own before acknowledging the real threat posed by global warming.
Jon Entine is a visiting fellow at AEI.