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The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Senator Mitch McConnell.For McConnell and other Republican Party critics, regulation of carbon emissions is a pocketbook issue where constituents' short-term interests must prevail. They reject or minimize the arguments of leading scientists that such emissions are directly linked to global warming and climate change and could have catastrophic long-term consequences. But what if the climate change problem were instead treated as a moral issue – a matter like civil rights where the usual horse-trading logic of politics has been replaced by a debate about what's right and wrong?It portrays a dystopian future in which normal life has been shattered by environmental decay, rampant disease and global disorder.Take a stroll through the news archives of the last several months to get a sense of the possible consequences of what climate scientists say is a likely increase of at least 2 degrees Celsius through the end of this century.After reading Mitchell's novel, and imagining the world of 2043, I am starting to think the answer is yes.
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