First, a reality check. Those who believe that climate change is happening and that it is at least partly caused by human activity predict warming of the oceans, melting of arctic ice, rising sea water and more frequent and more severe storms as the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increases. Climate change deniers say it’s all a hoax. Given recent events, it would seem that the believers are winning the argument. Now that that’s settled, the question is, what to do about it. If you’re a denier, the answer is, nothing. In fact, if you’re a partisan right-wing Republican, you think we ought to cut taxes, defund infrastructure investments, get rid of government disaster agencies and limit government services. You, not the government, should decide what to do with your money, right? Maybe stock up on sandbags. If you’re New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, you are seriously considering huge investments in infrastructure projects that might limit the damage from future storms. If you’re New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, suddenly full of effusive praise for the president and federal aid, you might be doing a 180 on the whole anti-Washington thing.
If you’re Mit Romney or Paul Ryan, you’re still trying to convince voters that canned-food drives after the fact are the answer.