Here’s something you should know. From 2003:
The US Republican party is changing tactics on the environment, avoiding “frightening” phrases such as global warming, after a confidential party memo warned that it is the domestic issue on which George Bush is most vulnerable.
The memo, by the leading Republican consultant Frank Luntz, concedes the party has “lost the environmental communications battle” and urges its politicians to encourage the public in the view that there is no scientific consensus on the dangers of greenhouse gases . . . .
The phrase “global warming” should be abandoned in favour of “climate change”, Mr Luntz says, and the party should describe its policies as “conservationist” instead of “environmentalist”, because “most people” think environmentalists are “extremists” who indulge in “some pretty bizarre behaviour . . . that turns off many voters”.
Republicans can’t tie their shoes without first consulting a Frank Luntz memo, so naturally they followed these instructions to the letter. The tragedy is that the rest of us went along for the ride. Well, enough is enough.
The next time you find yourself about to utter the phrase climate change, STOP. Don’t be a Republican tool. It’s global warming. Global warming, global warming, global warming.
And the Earth is heating up faster than we thought.