A Query

Just a random thought that I’m curious about today after reading a Kevin Drum post on weather patterns and catastrophic events, and the discussions to which he linked:

At what point will the massive expansion of “Tornado Alley,” regular wildfires, spreading droughts-and-floods, the gradual disappearance of the spring and autumn seasons, and other such everyday phenomenon that have marked my own life, convince our conservative brothers and sisters that maybe “climate change” is a real and scary thing, and not a plot to make every American wake up in the morning and sing anthems to EPA?

I mean, science is one thing, and I suppose if you don’t trust it because its leading lights don’t think dinosaurs actually lived amongst us a few thousand years ago, then you are ontologically predisposed to distrust all its findings. You could also conclude that any good Christian might also be a bit wary of the somewhat less than disinterested teachings of large energy companies and the politicians whose careers they finance. But nonetheless: how’s about your own experience, assuming you’ve lived long enough to watch the climate actually change?

Just wondering. Or as the Good Book says: “How long, O Lord?”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.