Future historians will undoubtedly reflect on the peculiar climate politics of our time, where the cause, effects, and solutions to climate change were well understood, but political paralysis delayed the obvious and only solution: reducing carbon emissions.
Frankenstorms like Sandy are part of the forecasts, but more extreme scenarios foresee drought, famine, population dislocations, climate refugees and human suffering. Should these predictions come true, you might expect anger and demand for an accounting.
Conspiracy theorists continue to spin wild tales of government agents surreptitiously destroying thermometers and burying contradictory evidence. What are the motives of these climate deniers, who reject even overwhelming scientific consensus?
That's right. Romney and Inhofe would rather let big polluters off the hook than protect our kids from a toxin that causes developmental delays and other serious conditions. So do the 46 Senators who voted on Wednesday to block the mercury and air toxin standards.
I would argue that Heartland's billboard was more than just a matter of living in a bubble: climate deniers are at a turning point. The oil industry and petroleum supporters are backed into a corner on the issue of climate change.
It does not cost more to reduce carbon emissions; it costs less. Companies, consumers, and countries save money when they reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Study after study -- and the constant experience of companies saving billions in eco-efficiency -- prove this point.
Romney appears to be trapped in Obama's message box on it: if he vascillates again he will alienate far right supporters who believe climate change is all a vast hoax. If he doesn't, he stands to lose mainstream centrist voters to Obama.
Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine - its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for years.
The Times reports that 16 lawsuits have been filed by "industry groups, conservative think tanks, lawmakers and three states" to challenge to the EPA's finding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to our health.