In this political climate, is it possible to have a “rational discussion” about anything?
Democrats on the House Science and Technology Committee seem to think so. They’re holding a hearing today entitled “A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: the Science, the Evidence, the Response.” The “discussion,” of course, is likely to devolve into an exchange of old bromides between politicians on both sides.
But the colloquy seems to have achieved what was, perhaps, its main purpose: to shine a light on the surprising number of House Republicans who either doubt or outright deny the science behind global warming. As Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones told Need to Know in our Climate Desk podcast last week, as much as half of the Republican caucus has openly denied that climate change is occurring, or that it is caused by human activity. And only one of the Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate in this month’s midterm elections — Mark Kirk, of Illinois — has accepted the science behind global warming.