A Wee Question for the Climate Change Skeptics

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Mark Kleiman poses an interesting question:

I’d like to hear the climate-change deniers explain why Monsanto wanted to pay almost $1 billion for a company whose business model is protecting farmers against increasing volatility in the weather, and whose models predict that Kansas will become inhospitable to corn and Alaska a good place to grow wheat.

The context here is the $1 billion acquisition of the Climate Corporation by Monsanto—which these days is purely a seed company, having spun off its old chemical business years ago. Apparently Monsanto is willing to invest a lot of money in the proposition that climate change is real and they need to be prepared for it. Just like insurance companies. And the US military. There sure are an awful lot of hard-headed types out there who have fallen for the climate change hoax.

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