Paul Krugman raised an interesting question in his column today, wherein he compared right wing craziness over the Affordable Care Act with right wing craziness over climate change, any talk of which is apparently "Marxist" according to some folks. The question, which he didn't ask in so many words, was which craziness is crazier.
Based on my WV perspective, I think the two kids of craziness are rather distinct. Health care reform craziness approaches full blown clinical paranoia, as in weird beliefs about death panels, microchips and a takeover of the US system by the World Health Organization. Climate craziness, at least at the highest levels, seems to have a bit more method to the madness: it's about the money.
Actually addressing climate change might cost some corporations a bit in the short run while saving all kinds of grief in the long run. Or, more likely, in the not so long run. The sad thing is, the longer climate change craziness delays meaningful action, the harder it will be to figure out a way to actually help miners and places like WV without cooking our future.
MORE ON THAT here.
NOTE: I'm traveling this week so posts may be irregular. Not that they aren't anyway.