Conservatives on Climate: Conversation with Chris Mooney
August 4, 2011
Now we have this discussion between Chris Mooney, and two more well connected observers with ties to the American right, David Frum and Kenneth Silber. I’ve
excerpted a few minutes of this discussion, which it seems to me is an essential one that must take place for us to move out of the current dark place. The whole half hour is here.
Worth a listen, if you are interested in hearing the tectonic plates grind in the Conscience of American Conservatives.
When it comes to the U.S. political right, it often appears that the opposition to science-and reason in general-is everywhere. From climate change denial to anti-evolutionism; from debt ceiling denial to, that’s right, incandescent light bulb availability denial; conservatives today have plenty to answer for.
Fortunately, some conservatives know it. And given how much he has blasted the “Republican War on Science” in the past, on this show Chris Mooney wanted to hear their take.
So he invited on David Frum. Frum is the editor of the group blog Frum Forum, a former speechwriter for the George W. Bush White House, and a widely published author, most recently of Comeback: Conservatism that Can Win Again. In recent years, Frum has become a leading critic of today’s GOP and its allegiance with the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
Joining Frum is Kenneth Silber, a frequent contributor to Frum Forum. Silber is a science writer based in New Jersey who contributes to Research Magazine, Scientific American, and other outlets. He calls himself a “center-right dissenter, a deviationist apostle of the Frumian Heresy” and these days, a RINO (Republican in Name Only).