What to do when the right-wing comes around on climate change

The big news in the science community today is the announcement that a well-known Koch Brothers-funded, global warming skeptic, physicist Richard Muller, has finally come  to acknowledge the reality that our planet is warming quickly.

This actually comes as no particular surprise. Over time, the reality of climate change has become so obvious that the ranks of the deniers will simply have thin out over time (sort of the like the Greenland ice shelf).

So what should we say to the people (mostly on the political right) who slowy, inexorably are coming to their senses?

Here’s my suggestion: “Welcome to the fight, guys. Now help us figure this damned thing out.”

Notwithstanding the efforts of some to turn the global warming problem into a political game,  when the future of the species is at stake, I for one, am for dispensing with the the “we told you so’s!” 

In the immortal words of David Byrne: “This ain’t no foolin’ around.” We need all hands on deck whenever and however those hands get around to awakening to the truth.





  1. Rob Schofield

    October 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

    As an aside, I understand where the deniers are coming from. Contemplating the reality of this issue can be downright terrifying. Unfortunately, closing our ears and eyes won’t make the problem go away.

  2. James

    October 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

    It’s my understanding that the deniers are still in denial about the cause of climate change. Sure the planet is warming, they say, but it’s not the result of human activity.

    The unwillingness of the right to acknowledge that possibility is a fatal barrier to mounting an effective response. When the cause of a problem is “god’s will,” why bother doing anything about it.

  3. JeffS

    October 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Muller’s ego knows no bounds, and it’s unfortunate that this will likely increase his fame. He’s “proven” what was already known by the community and yet uses the opportunity to continue to cast doubt on the work of others.

  4. Mike P.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    “Hide the decline….”

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