What is oddest about opposition to action to address climate change is the implications for another priority of the Republican party: deficit reduction. The bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach won't make extreme weather events driven by a changing climate go away, but it will ensure that our response is uncoordinated, less proactive, and far more expensive.
Recently, the EPA unveiled a proposal to reduce carbon emissions aggressively. It also avoids a potentially clumsy federal "one-size-fits-all" approach, by requiring and empowering each state to craft its own pollution reduction strategy. When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices.
A recent report found that climate change affects our economy in three distinct ways: (1) rising sea levels and storm surge are damaging coastal properties and infrastructure; (2) climate changes are altering agricultural production and energy demand; and (3) higher temperatures are harming labor productivity and public health.