City Councilman Ed Selich, who represents the island, has in the past suggested that scientists are needlessly alarmist about climate change. These days, he tries to walk a path between climate denialism and the reality that the seas are rising: “I don’t know if global warming is caused by man, or whether it’s broader cyclical changes in climate over time. I don’t know the answer to that.”

In keeping with my stubborn belief that people are more complicated than political binaries would suggest, here's Patrick J. Kiger, in Orange Coast magazine, on what happens when a conservative community has to confront the consequences of climate change. (H/T Conor Friedersdorf.)


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