There is a long history of claims that new rules to protect the environment or human health will seriously harm the United States economy. These claims are political fodder, they are provocative, and they are always wrong.
Since negotiations on global climate change began, it has been the case that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions could lead the world on the issue if they could agree with one another. They haven't gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday.
While Kyoto has become infamous for its modest record of squabbling at the edges of climate change, the Montreal Protocol has quietly solved ﬁve to ten times more of the climate problem than little brother.
America helped restore the ozone layer through a combination of scientific understanding, public pressure, bipartisan support and industry innovation. I believe we can marshal those same forces to fight climate change, but we are not there yet.
This week, the Republican leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to continue its war on Americans' health by passing two more nasty little bills to weaken public health safeguards under the Clean Air Act.
Facts destroyed 'motivated reasoning' in my case. Could this happen to other conservatives? That depends on conservatives being willing to subject the views they hear and read to strict scrutiny, to ask themselves if they're really hearing the truth from the talkers.