Opinion: Obama Must Take the Lead in Climate Change Policy

Posted January 28, 2014 at 11:22am

The growing body of scientific evidence supports the theory of human-induced global warming.  

Eugene Robinson asks: “Is there uncertainty in these predictions? Of course. But human-induced global warming is the only explanation that fits the evidence. Until someone comes up with a better theory, it is foolish to wager that the near-unanimous consensus of climate scientists is totally wrong.”  

“But, yes, we are fools.”  

“I’m referring also to officials in the United States and around the world who accept the science and understand the peril but who will not take action because the economic and political costs are so high.”  

“President Obama, who understands the science, should use his executive powers as best he can, not just to reduce carbon emissions but also to prepare the country for confronting the environmental, political and military hazards of a warmer world.”  

“The day will come, I predict, when world leaders are willing, even desperate, to curb greenhouse gases. But by then, I’m beginning to fear, it will probably be too late.”  

Crossposted at Wonk Wire.