When Republicans dismiss “global warming,” they tend to focus on the second word. In a column on Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen observed that the first word also grates on the GOP: “Global warming is global, and reversing it would take global programs. This means that standards and limits have to be imposed by the much-reviled federal government — and it, in turn, has to cooperate with other nations. This nationalization and internationalization of a problem and solution are not, to say the least, very tea-partyish.”
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