Humans are causing the uniquely rapid climate change we are witnessing, and the enormous effects of the phenomenon will be, and already are, globally disastrous. There are virtually no credible scientists who dispute this. It is settled science.
And yet, Utah's newly elected Republican congressman Chris Stewart remains among the skeptics who say they are not convinced. That would be merely unfortunate, although not surprising, if Stewart were just another rookie congressman. But it is disturbing, even alarming, that such a reality denier is now chairman of the House Environment Subcommittee, part of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees the Environmental Protection Agency and federal climate change policy.
Stewart sent a statement to the MotherJones website: "So while I accept that our climate is changing, I also understand that a great deal of research still needs to be accomplished to understand why, as well as to discover the impacts man might be having on that change." He told The Salt Lake Tribune, "I'm not as convinced as a lot of people are that man-made climate change is the threat they think it is. ... Some of the remedies are more expensive to our economy than the threat may turn out to be," ignoring the costs of drought, wildfires and storms like Sandy.