Climate Change Gets Conservative
September 27, 2013 — An Indiana environmental group is targeting its message about climate change to politicians and business leaders. The group is using a conservative meteorologist to pitch climate change solutions to people who might otherwise resist.
The Hoosier Environmental Council is using 30-year meteorology veteran Paul Douglas to pitch the importance of climate change solutions to conservative lawmakers and the business community.
Douglas says his argument relies on approaching climate change solutions from a business point-of-view, “Doing the right thing with climate change will also save you money over the long haul, clean up the environment and make sure that your kids inherit a world that you would want to live in.”
A United Nations report released today says scientists are 95% certain that climate change is caused by humans.
While Douglas acknowledges that many people – and notably conservatives – are skeptical of anything that comes from the UN, he says he knows many of the hundreds of scientists who contributed to the report. “The planet is warming. The oceans are warming. The atmosphere is warming and there’s a 95 percent probability that man is largely responsible for this. That’s roughly the same percentage of physicians who say that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer.”
Douglas says the argument he’s making to Hoosier legislators and business leaders is that Indiana has a chance to build a new economy by developing solutions for climate change.
By Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith