Shikha Dalmia on the Impossibility of an Ideology-Free Conversation on Global Warming


Global Warming
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Democrats and Republicans played their part in the global warming saga last week. The White House issued a showing that global warming was unleashing its wrath on America through mudslides, hurricanes and pests. Republicans trotted out their own brief, dismissing this as the usual liberal gloom and doom.

Why do Republicans so stubbornly resist the climate change story? Conversely, why are liberals so eager to buy the climate apocalypse?

The answer, writes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia, is that each side is driven by concerns over whether this issue advances or impedes its broader normative commitments. And, she adds, that's not a bad thing.