It's instructive to realize that it took the President of the United States publicly displaying his longform birth certificate to finally turn birtherism from a topic solemnly discussed on the Sunday talk shows to a topic of general ridicule. Is it too much to hope for that something similar may come of the report published last week by the National Research Council? "America's Climate Choices" didn't exactly beat around the bush of climate science:
"Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities, and poses significant risks to humans and the environment."
Could it be the pin that punctures climate-change denialism? A great editorial in today's USA Today argues that it should be:
. . . These developments ought to leave the deniers in the same position as the "birthers," who continue to challenge President Obama's American citizenship — a vocal minority that refuses to accept overwhelming evidence. . . . The latest scientific report provides clarity that denial isn't just a river in Egypt. It paves a path to a future fraught with melting ice caps, rising sea levels, shifting agricultural patterns, droughts and wildfires.