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From The Editor

Posted By NAEP, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This month, we take a look at four interesting bits of copy from the national media.  Are those who ask thoughtful questions of the majority in the climate-change arena in denial? Are those who make the charge seeking to marginalize and muffle those who disagree?  Is the notion of settled science another attempt to stifle debate?

Although humans have, no doubt, been adding carbon to the atmosphere at least since they learned to use fire, the climate change discussion is focused on the period since the mid-19th century, more than 150 years ago. Is it unrealistic to set goals to reverse the established trend and remediate the damage done in a few decades?  We seem to be making painfully slow progress in the effort to reduce the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere. How long will it take to produce a measurable trend in the reduction of carbon in the air we breathe? What’s the environmental definition of long-term?

We like to think key decisions in environmental areas will be made based on cool-headed, transparent reasoning but emotions clearly play a role in nuclear power decisions, and even hydro.  Are their political limits defining what approaches an environmentalist can support? Is there a role for social justice?

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