As conservative spinmeister Frank Luntz has written in his infamous memo, “Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly.”
With all the climate action in the Senate last week, it seems that the skeptics are getting restless. Time for Plan B.
Last week, noted skeptic Patrick J. Michaels laid out the game plan:
The Bush administration realizes that simply knowing that human activities are impacting the climate is not grounds for “urgent action” to do something about it.
So even if they can’t argue about human influence anymore, they’ll now argue about the appropriate time to take action.
It’s time for advocates of taking action sooner-rather-than-later to update their talking points. You can be sure the other side already has.