Fighting the new defeatism on climate change
In Beltway media circles, among pundits who nod at one another with furrowed brows on cable TV, a new consensus is congealing: global warming is real, but there’s not much we can do about it, since efforts to substantially reduce emissions would destroy the world economy. These bed-wetters are waving the white flag in a country that once decided to send a guy to the moon just because it looked difficult. Two reports out recently counter the new defeatism, describing a road to slashed emissions and a growing economy. But will anyone listen? David Roberts wonders where all the courage has gone.