Denying the Climate Crisis is Bad Political Strategy December 18, 2009 : 3:43 PM

Joe Lockhart writes a great piece in the Politico:

"Whenever a major political party finds itself out of power and rejected by voters, there’s a scramble to seize on new issues, elevate new leadership and redefine the message. Unfortunately, politicians in these circumstances often succumb to their worst instincts and the urgings of their most extreme constituents. It happens to everyone, and most observers agree that the GOP is struggling with exactly this challenge. The American public, watching this struggle, is reacting as it always does when a party leans toward its extremes: negatively." 

"With an eye on 2010, Republican leaders in Congress should therefore think carefully about their strategy on climate change. The “climategate” controversy over stolen e-mails written by scientists has current leading conservative voices, from Sarah Palin to Glenn Beck to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), arguing that they’ve at last found the “proof” that global warming is a hoax." 

"Climategate has, this week at least, stirred up a hornet’s nest. But as a political strategy, it’s highly suspect. After all, climate denial has been a marginal position for years, and the American people believe by a wide margin that climate change is real, that we’re causing it and that taking action to solve it will create good-paying jobs. A few out-of-context lines from decade-old e-mails aren’t going to change that in the long term, and anyone who thinks we’ll be talking about these e-mails a year from now hasn’t been paying attention to a news cycle that moves at Twitter speed."