The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to re-enact the famous Scopes Monkey Trial when the forces of faith and creationism tried to bar the teaching of Darwinian evolution to impressionable school children. Only this time it would global warming theory on trial.
Is this just another round in the culture wars of America? Science vs. religion, yet again?
If there were to be a "trial," the Chamber of Commerce would like to see it take the form of an adjudicated public hearing on the EPA's finding that climate change is a danger to public health.
Why does the Chmaber care? Because climate change may lead to federal and state laws that would alter how the Chamber's member corporations do business and make profits. Anything the Chamber can do to slow down potential legislation or even strangle it in a Congressional committee would be a big victory for some big businesses. Likewise a victory of denial in some public forum would be the death knell to many greentech start-ups that are a century or more behind fossil fuel industries in building up cash reserves, political clout and public awareness.