Climate change debate may not be just about climate change

The debate about climate change isn’t so much about whether or not climate change is happening but what actions to take if it is. Proponents say we need to quickly switch from oil-based energy and transportation to renewable energy and electric / hybrid vehicles, and to cut carbon emissions drastically. Opponents claim not only would this be costly, it is not needed. The underlying issues, I think, are whether oil-based industries will continue to exist as they are now or be replaced by new technologies. There are huge amounts of money (and political power) at stake here. It’s also a classic liberal-conservative divide, as carbon emissions would be regulated by the government, something conservatives often oppose on general principles.

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