Climate Deniers Are Not Fit For The White House

Presidential politics are increasingly getting swamped by the reality of the impacts of climate change. But whoever is the Republican nominee for president in 2016, it’s a safe bet that he will oppose taking any action on climate change. Chances are that he won’t even admit it exists.

Even as the evidence of climate change grows stronger, though, the Republican Party steadfastly refuses to discuss it. On Capitol Hill, the number of GOP climate skeptics in Congress has grown from 169 last year to at least 180 now, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress. On the GOP campaign trail, the issue is basically invisible. Republican candidates have faced questions about the Islamic State, Supreme Court vacancies and hand sizes, but figuring out how to deal with the fate of a rapidly warming planet has gotten short shrift.

And little wonder. GOP's ront-runner Donald Trump famously dismissed climate change as a hoax dreamed up by China to steal jobs. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on science, calls climate change a “pseudo-scientific theory” and a “religion.”  And Gov. John Kasich falls under the “do-nothing” category of politicians who will accept at least some of the science but want to, well, do nothing about it.

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