Politics as Usual Betrays the Planet

Paul Krugman, throwing down the gauntlet. Seems unfair that this guy writes better on climate than nearly any other lefty commentator around — and it's not even his field.

Is it fair to call climate denial a form of treason? Isn’t it politics as usual?

Yes, it is — and that’s why it’s unforgivable.

Do
you remember the days when Bush administration officials claimed that
terrorism posed an “existential threat” to America, a threat in whose
face normal rules no longer applied? That was hyperbole — but the
existential threat from climate change is all too real.

Yet the
deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore that threat, placing future
generations of Americans in grave danger, simply because it’s in their
political interest to pretend that there’s nothing to worry about. If
that’s not betrayal, I don’t know what is.

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