Facing broad new US regulations on emissions, big business wants to put the science behind global warming before a judge, the Los Angeles Times reports. “It would be evolution versus creationism,” says an executive for the US Chamber of Commerce, which is pushing the idea of a public hearing. “It would be the science of climate change on trial.”
The Chamber touts the proceeding as “the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century”—though environmentalists note that, in that 1925 case, the science of evolution carried the day over creationism. The Environmental Protection Agency calls the idea a “waste of time,” while one climate scientist scoffed that the plan “brings to mind for me the Salem witch trials, based on myth.” The Chamber threatens a lawsuit if the feds don’t allow the hearing.