This past Sunday, my favorite advice columnist, The Ethicist (whose column appears in The New York Times), considered an intriguing question. A parent from Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote in, concerned that her daughter’s biology class had been asked to take a public action on climate change. The mother asked: “Is it ethical for the school to require students to speak publicly on a specific issue? Or even to give extra credit for doing so?

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Bob Dylan in the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video

I learned about some new research on meteorologists’ views about climate change when Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, posted a rebuttal to denialist misrepresentations of the research.

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"A what?" he said.

"An SEP."

I Can Haz Cheezburger image: Cat sitting in front of many dogs, saying “someone else’s problem field - ai haz it”

"An S…?"

"…EP."

"And what's that?"

"Somebody Else's Problem."

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Those of us who live and breathe climate and energy issues know the answer to typical pop quiz questions like, "What's the nation most responsible for climate change?" Well, the largest emitter of carbon into the atmosphere is currently China, but historically the United States is responsible for the lion's share, with nearly 30% of the total emitted since the mid-1800s.

But if the question is "which corporate entity wins the dubious distinction of being the largest contributor of carbon emissions to the atmosphere?" we might struggle more.

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