The third-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate is acknowledging that climate change “is occurring, it’s always occurring,” the Washington Post reported last week.
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) stated that “there are a number of factors that contribute to that, including human activity. The question is, what are we going to do about it and at what cost?” Stromberg takes that as a “glimmer of hope” for a majority caucus that “still seem(s) unwilling to move the discussion forward now that they have won control of Congress.”
It isn’t enough to simply acknowledge the risk, but “Thune’s formulation points in a sure direction: It will be ultimately untenable for Republicans to admit that global warming is a legitimate concern yet reflexively attack efforts to deal with it,” Stromberg writes. For “honest conservatives,” he adds, “the efficient, market-friendly approach to cutting dependence on greenhouse gases is pricing carbon dioxide emissions and allowing market forces to adapt the economy.”