No beating around the bush. BusinessWeek's cover story links Hurricane Sandy to climate change.
A woman watches the water spill over into Manhattan in Battery Park in New York City on October 29, 2012. UPI/John Angelillo
In the days following superstorm Sandy, Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine chose to emblazon their cover with the words "IT'S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID," in reference to the once hot-button issue somehow missing from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's campaign discourse.
In the story, BusinessWeek's Paul M. Barrett writes that while Sandy's size and power can't be attributed entirely to climate change, it's becoming harder to deny the serious problems that a warming world presents.
Yes, yes, it’s unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us—and they’re right—that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.
He also links national economic stability to environmental policy:
[Polls that reflect increasing apathy toward climate change] reflect the success of climate deniers in framing action on global warming as inimical to economic growth. This is both shortsighted and dangerous. The U.S. can’t afford regular Sandy-size disruptions in economic activity. To limit the costs of climate-related disasters, both politicians and the public need to accept how much they’re helping to cause them.
For the "climate deniers" Barrett refers to, BusinessWeek editor tweeted this message: