Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science

WASHINGTON — The campaign ad appeared during the presidential contest of 2008. Rapid-fire images of belching smokestacks and melting ice sheets were followed by a soothing narrator who praised a candidate who had stood up to President George W. Bush and “sounded the alarm on global warming.”
A coal-fired power station in Mount Storm, W.Va.,
in January. The coal industry played an instrumental
 role in efforts to unwind the Obama administration’s
 climate policies.
It was not made for a Democrat, but for Senator John McCain, who had just secured the Republican nomination.

It is difficult to reconcile the Republican Party of 2008 with the party of 2017, whose leader, President Trump, has called global warming a hoax, reversed environmental policies that Mr. McCain advocated on his run for the White House, and this past week announced that he would take the nation out of the Paris climate accord, which was to bind the globe in an effort to halt the planet’s warming.

Read the Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton story in The New York Times - "How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science.”

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