Changing Views on Climate Change 

This week's main story is a touchy subject: climate change.

Although the notoriously hot-button topic hasn't been front-and-center in the presidential election, the issue took a prominent place in headlines this summer as record temperatures and droughts ravaged the country while one well-known climate change denier, Richard Muller--whose research was funded by conservative anti-climate changers the Koch brothers--publicly switched sides and cited humans as "almost entirely the cause" of climate change, which he did not believe was occurring until his study.

U.S. News and World Report published a brief several weeks after Muller's op-ed ran in the New York Times that asked whether the Koch brothers--who, according to Muller in USNWR, "really do 'want to get the science clarified'"--have changed their minds about climate change in light of the study's findings. The question went largely unanswered.

Also in the unanswered column this week: Rep. Raul Labrador's opinion on climate change. Though the entirety of Idaho's Congressional delegation was able to cobble together some kind of statement on climate change for "Scorched Earth" in time for Boise Weekly's press deadline, Labrador's office appears not to know, or at least care to share his position on the matter with BW readers. Should his handlers read my note and wish to contribute a statement after the fact, I'd be happy to publish it online.

Coming up on the BW calendar: Best of Boise. Thanks to those of you who voted. The results of this year's polling are on my desk and they'll be ready for you by next week's edition. In the meantime, troll for the ugly truth about the unchecked flow of money from super PACs, which may or may not have influenced polling outcomes.

And save the date for Boise Weekly's annual Cover Auction. This is an event we typically hold in November, but this year the date is Wednesday, Oct. 17. Each week, the cover of BW features the work of a local artist, and once a year, we sell off the entirety of the year's work in an auction that fills the coffers of a private grant, which is redistributed to local artists and arts organizations. Join us at the Idaho State Historical Museum. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction starts promptly at 6 p.m. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, which also goes toward the grant fund. See for details.

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