Not a Time for Patient Resolution
Posted on February 21, 2019
In this letter to the New York Times, I take issue with columnist Bret Stephens's call for an end to "apocalytic talk" about climate change. He argues for gradualism in cleaning up America's carbon footprint, even if all objective indicators point to a crisis of urgent and overwhelming proportions. His rationale seems to be: If you can't get Americans to take strong and decisive steps to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, there's no point in getting them too upset about our collision course with environmental disaster. He seems to believe that, by labeling climate change a "real but manageable problem," he can wish away its urgency and magnitude.