A recent government document puts it in a more human perspective:
"People...show no sign of being interested in the truth. They don't like the political and policy implications of climate change, so they've decided not to believe in it - and they'll grab any argument, no matter how disreputable, that feeds their denial.
"Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia [said] climate change is nothing but a 'hoax' that has been 'perpertrated out of the scientific community.' I'd call this a crazy conspiracy theory, but doing so would actually be unfair to crazy conspiracy theorists."
Yeah, an international cabal of thousands of scientists have all set aside their research to come together and scare the pants off of everyone.
However silly this may seem (and absolutely is), the declaration was met by applause.
Also misrepresented by these naysayers is the economic impact. All studies show that the economic impact will be "relatively low."
This is coming from, as I said, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in economics. Hello?!?
"The deniers are choosing, willfully, to ignore [the] threat, placing future generations of Americans in grave danger, simply because it's in their political interest to pretend that there's nothing to worry about," Krugman writes in the closing paragraphs.
"If that's not betrayal, I don't know what is."