The real “inconvenient truth” about climate change is that some people are losing their rights and freedoms because of the actions of others — in either the quality of the air they breathe, the geography they hold dear, the insurance costs they bear or the future environment of the children they love.
Was it likely Oscar-winner Al Gore? French President Jacques Chirac? Untrustworthy loonie leftist environmentalist John McCain?
No, just conservative Governor Mark Sanford, of South Carolina. I suspect this means that any Republican candidate hoping for a gubernatorial endorsement in that critical battleground state will be standing with the scientific experts and the general public.
This signals an important shift. Where global warming once cut as a wedge issue that divided Democrats from many moderate independent voters, it now has the potential to divide the wingnuttiest Republicans from the mainstream not just of science, but of society.