The Moral Responsibility

Our politicians have a moral responsibility to put their own prejudices behind them in the pursuit of their duties:
Although ordinary individuals may have no duty to go beyond their own personal opinion about the science of climate change, government officials — who have the power to enact policies that could present catastrophic harm to millions of people around the world — may not, as a matter of ethics, justify their refusal to support policies to reduce the threat of climate change on the basis of their uninformed opinions on climate science.

This is so because government officials, unlike ordinary citizens, have the power to prevent or minimize great harms to millions of people around the world, that mainstream scientists have concluded that their constituents or governments that they represent are causing or contributing to. That is, government officials have more responsibility than the average citizen to understand the state of climate change science because government officials can uniquely prevent harm that their constituents or governments are causing.”

Read more at…

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/22/1628641/why-politicians-may-not-rely-on-their-own-uninformed-opinion-on-climate-change-science/

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