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To do nothing during a crisis is not a conservative thing to do

"To do nothing when the situation is changing rapidly is not a conservative thing to do." — Spencer R. Weart from his book, The Discovery of Global Warming.


Source: page 90 from the 2003 book, The Discovery of Global Warming by Spencer Weart.

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"The politics of science came up briefly at a 1972 symposium where scientists were discussing the rising level of CO2 in athe atmosphere.  Should they make a statement calling for some kind of action? 'I guess I am rather conservative,' one expert remarked. 'I really would like to see a better integration of knowledge and better data before I would personally be willing to play a role in saying something political about this.'  A colleague replied: 'To do nothingwehn the situation is changing very rapidly is not a conservative thing to do.'


Iconic conservative British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill once stated, "I never worry about action, only inaction."

Another famous conservative British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (pictured above), stated at a speech at the United Nations in 1989,

"What we are now doing to the world by degrading the land surfaces, polluting the waters and by adding greenhouse gases to the air at an unprecedented rate, all this is new in the experience of the earth.  It is mankind and his activities which is changing the environment of our planet in damaging and dangerous ways.  

We are seeing a vast increase in the amount of carbon dioxide reaching the atmosphere and half of the carbon dioxide emitted since the industrial revolution still remains in the atmosphere...

The changing future is likely to be more fundamental and more widespread than anything we have known hitherto.  Change to the sea around us.  Change to the atmosphere above.  Leading to a change to the world's climate, which could alter the way we live...

We know more clearly than before (on planet earth) that we carry common burdens, face common problems, and we must respond with common action."

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Special Thanks: Climate Denial Crock of the Week for May 21, 2012:  This is Not Cool: Murderers, Tyrants, and Madmen

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