As global warming deniers move from “it’s not happening” to “it’s not human-caused” to “but it’s good for you” to “it’s too expensive to fix,” I’m reminded of a tale from the Talmud.

It seems a family was accused of returning a clay pot they had borrowed cracked beyond repair.

The accused family had three defenses:

  1. They never borrowed the pot.
  2. The pot already had a crack in it when received.
  3. They returned the pot completely unharmed.

Perhaps it is unfair to assume this story is about global-warming deniers just because it centers on a cracked pot.

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