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December 14, 2011

These dudes are anything but cool

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For over 20 years, McCright notes, the CWMs have been beating a consistent drum

about climate-change denial, and it’s all to save their social status.

It’s easy to see the many environmental changes in the world due to man: polluted water and air, mountains of waste, land-destroying mining and the list goes on. Are we really to think, as the denialists claim, that the climate is so vast and mysterious that man cannot possibly have an effect on it? This is an absurd claim, but it fits the conservative white male self-preservation fantasy.

The authors also note that there has been a significant rise in climate-change denial in the last two years, about the time the economy went into the dumper and jobs became more important than science. CWMs rushed in to take advantage of this weakness of will.

Conservatives bash the liberal agenda behind climate change, claiming that liberals want to destroy capitalism and impose Marxian economics on the world. Maybe they’re forgetting that communist countries were among the world’s most polluted.

The only liberal agenda I see is a cleaner planet with an economic system shifted from fossil fuels, which would be no less prosperous in the long run. But why would CWMs risk their dominance when their fantasy keeps others behind them?

What’s the difference between a liberal and conservative? Liberals actually think about things while conservatives trust the hierarchy to think for them. In other words, liberals roll up their sleeves, go out and collect the eggs and color them. Conservatives, used to others bowing to their power, wait for the Easter bunny.

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Stephen Dick is an editor for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. Contact him at steve.dick@heraldbulletin.com.

 

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