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Why the debate on climate change?

August 7, 2014

To the editor: I am not an authority on climate change. I defer to those smarter than I who study the issue full time....

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Aug-11-14 9:41 AM


If you accept that rapid climate change is man-made, then you also understand that mankind needs to change the behaviors that are causing it. In many cases this would require companies to follow more stringent environmental protection guidelines. They believe this will make them less competitive with countries like China and reduce their profits.

Hence the argument: if companies admit they are causing climate change, but refuse to do anything about it because it will reduce profits, then they appear greedy and callous, which is bad PR. So instead they insist that climate change is natural and that man has no role in it. And since the republicans are deep in corporate America's pockets they have taken up the climate change denial chant as well.

If people simply accepted the facts there would be no argument, but since they don't like the facts we argue.

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