David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Feb. 25, 2019 1 min read

A reminder: the reason climate policy is so difficult to pass in the US is that the GOP, alone among major developed-world parties, denies the existence of the problem and has steadfastly, in practice, opposed all serious solutions.

The left is twisting itself into knots trying to imagine a serious solution that can get through the GOP gauntlet, & (predictably) falling to infighting. The GOP has indeed made the problem all but insoluble and all proposals to address it "unrealistic." Only crappy options left.

But we should not fall into the habit, so common in US political commentary, of treating GOP opposition like some inanimate feature of the landscape, as though it just exists in nature, like a mountain or a chasm, & it's up to the rest of us to deal with it.

Republican opposition to dealing with climate change is a choice, made anew each day by adult human beings who are perfectly capable of choosing otherwise. They can read. They have access to all the same knowledge. They are autonomous agents & responsible for their choices.

People who acknowledge climate reality spend 95% of their time arguing among themselves about how to apportion the 5% of the blame left over. It often seems, in the process, like we lose sight of the bigger picture, namely: There are 2 parties. One's ready to act. One refuses.

Republicans are engaged in a morally monstrous course of action that will contribute to the suffering of millions, for centuries. That sounds grandiose, but it is quite literally true. We might not be able to change it, but we shouldn't let its familiarity dull our horror at it.

Why hasn't the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world taken the lead on solving the biggest problem in our species' history? Because Republicans. Everything else is a remainder. </fin>

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