It is rare to see a political blogger, Matthew Yglesias, write about the reality of climate change behind the so-called political reality. The former is inexorable and a manifestation of Nature’s power, and is largely out of our hands to stop it in the near to medium term. The latter is a manifestation of human power and takes an instant to change. According to mythic tales, the Viking King Canute failed to stop the tide with his commands, and recognized, in this event, the power of man relative to nature, Unlike the bickering politicians we must listen to today, Canute humbly removed and never again wore his crown, the symbol of his political power. We have learned little in over a millenium.

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