Over the long haul, science and truth will inevitably prevail, but if this administration reverses recent progress and abandons a U.S. leadership role, then accelerating climate change and incalculable damage may result. Liberals and conservatives alike should insist that the administration address a very simple but crucial question: How could adding tens of billions of tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere annually not produce global warming? Isn’t that why they’re called “greenhouse gases”?
If the administration cannot provide a compelling answer to this simple question, then the only responsible course of action is to insist on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while recognizing the need for compassion and assistance for dislocated workers and communities. Elimination of chlorofluorocarbons and the recovery of the ozone layer are proof that we can succeed when we follow the time-honored American recipe of bravely facing the facts and taking action.