Top conservative columnist: "It’s time for conservatives to end the denial on climate change"

about 4 years ago

Leading conservative columnist Michael Gerson's latest piece in today's Washington Post calls for conservatives to "end the denial on climate change."

Gerson also writes about Pope Francis' encyclical and compares nature and human nature as "gifts to be appreciated and accepted, not despoiled or redefined."

The Gerson pivots to the GOP, writing:

"In American politics, the pope's encyclical has not made legislative action on climate change inevitable, but it has made the issue unavoidable. The politician's shrug — 'I'm no scientist' — is no longer acceptable. If climate change is a global threat, then addressing it, as the pope argues, is both a moral and public requirement."
"But the dysfunctional American debate on climate change illustrates a broader challenge. Ten or 15 years ago, this issue was less divisive. But it got pulled into the polarization vortex. And now the two sides do not merely hold different policy views; they have different versions of reality. The camps not only advocate different solutions; they also inhabit different factual universes."

Gerson concludes: "Conservatives can choose their policy reaction but not their own reality."

Click to read Gerson's full column.