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Will Bernie Sanders’s Office Explain Climate Change to Me?

This morning I sent the press contact at Senator Bernie Sanders’s office the following polite e-mail. 

Dear M___,

I write for National Review, and I was hoping for an on the record comment from your office or Senator Sanders himself on one question. 

Of course climate change is real. The climate has always changed and always will. Right now, for example, we’re in an inter-glacial period so the planet is either supposed to be getting cooler or warmer and then cooler as we head into the next ice age over the next 40,000 years or so. Of course, humans are having an impact on the climate. But here’s the question for you: In the absence of human impact, what would the planet be doing? Would it be getting warmer or cooler, and by how much? If you understand the factors that influence climate, that should be easy to answer. 

Thank you very much and all the best to you in the new Congress.

No answer yet. 

Mario Loyola — Mr. Loyola is a research associate professor and the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program at Florida International University and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was the associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

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