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New Bipartisan Agreement on Climate Change Only Goes So Far

Republicans and Democrats agree that the world is warming, and it’s our fault. 

Glacial melting ice floats in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third-largest ice field, on Nov. 26, 2015 in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. Of almost 50 large glaciers in the park, the majority have retreated over the past 50 years, due to warming temperatures, according to the European Space Agency.

Glacial melting ice floats in Los Glaciares National Park, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third-largest ice field, on Nov. 26, 2015 in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. Of almost 50 large glaciers in the park, the majority have retreated over the past 50 years, due to warming temperatures, according to the European Space Agency.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images
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In a break from years of acrimony over basic science, House Budget Committee members on Tuesday tripped over each other to agree that climate change is not only real but caused by humans. 

“The last decade has seen dramatic advances in our understanding of the economic value of the climate,” said Solomon Hsiang, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, a witness invited by the panel’s Democratic majority. “Crucially, we are now able to use real-world data to quantify how changes in the climate cause changes in the economy.”