New York Times Editorial Board Slams Senate GOP Candidates on Climate
The New York Times editorial board came out swinging in a Sunday editorial on climate change, slamming Republican Senate candidates for questioning whether climate change is largely a result of human activity.
To illustrate its point, the board compared the candidates to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who led an energy task force during the Bush administration that reportedly sought to gloss over climate science in key Environmental Protection Agency reports.
According to the editorial:
The candidates are not simply rejecting solutions, like putting a price on carbon, though these, too, are demonized. They are re-running the strategy of denial perfected by Mr. Cheney a decade ago, repudiating years of peer-reviewed findings about global warming and creating an alternative reality in which climate change is a hoax or conspiracy. [...]
In one way or another, though, all are custodians of a strategy whose guiding principle has been to avoid debate about solutions to climate change by denying its existence — or at least by diminishing its importance. The strategy worked, destroying hopes for Congressional action while further confusing ordinary citizens for whom global warming was already a remote and complex matter. It was also remarkably heavy-handed.
The editorial comes just weeks before the November midterm elections. Environmentalists, including the League of Conservation Voters, are aggressively targeting Republican candidates in tight Senate races.
For more, Think Progress has also compiled a list of Senate races with environmental implications.