Looking for some encouraging news this morning? Then check out this story in today’s Charlotte Observer about the growing movement amongst North Carolina Republicans — at least one of whom is very wealthy — to acknowledge the reality of climate change and to get on about the business of doing something about it.
As Bruce Henderson and Jim Morrill report, a conservative Charlotte businessman named Jay Faison is putting some serious cash behind a plan to “demystify climate science and seek market-based solutions as a counterweight to governmental approaches.” Faison has launched a new foundation called Clear Path that puts it this way in its mission statement:
“Climate change is both the greatest risk and the greatest opportunity of our time. Most experts strongly urge us to act on the risks. The most actionable solution – a switch to clean energy – is already underway. We just need to accelerate the transition.”
To which all a caring person can say is: “Hey, whatever it takes. If someone can make money off of helping to save the planet, more power to them.”
Perhaps the most encouraging passage in the story, however, comes near the bottom of the story where Henderson/Morrill quote state GOP Senator Jeff Tarte on the subject:
“To not believe in climate change is to say that there were never dinosaurs on the planet, that Columbus sailed off the edge of the Earth and that the moon landing occurred on a back lot in Burbank,” he said.
Of course, one problem Tarte probably needs to acknowledge on the subject of dinosaurs is that it’s not that many conservatives deny that they walked the planet; it’s that they think they did so alongside humans.
Here’s wishing Faison, Tarte et al. much success with their missionary work to convert the flat earthers within the legislative GOP caucus and the Raleigh right-wing think tanks,. They’ve got their work cut out for them.