One of the world's eminent climate scientists comes to Boise today to participate in a two-day examination of climate change policy.
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dr. Susan Solomon's research helped institute a worldwide ban on many of the chemicals that have destroyed our atmospheric ozone. She is scheduled to present a keynote introduction to this evening's panel on climate change and policy at Boise State's Student Union building. And Tuesday evening, Solomon will speak on "A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone about Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock."
Ironically, Solomon's lecture occurs on the same night as Idaho's GOP Caucuses. Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls have used climate change as a political football. In a Feb. 14 visit to Boise, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dismissed global warming and even took a shot at university professors.
"Don't you see how they look down their nose at you? Those elite snobs," said Santorum, referring to "those people in universities."
When BW asked Solomon about the politics of climate change, she took remarks like Santorum's in stride:
"I think all of us feel a little annoyed and frustrated by it," Solomon told BW. "It's a real shame that our society has gotten to that point. I'm actually an optimist, though. We all know a lot of this stuff is blustering."