Specifically, Titley pointed to the steady shift away from outright denial among rank-and-file members of the Republican Party as evidence that attitudes can shift toward action, no matter how meager. And once that facade of climate denial breaks, an avalanche of action could soon follow. “We may be much closer to catastrophic success right now. Things can change, and not always for the worse. They can change for the better. It can happen very, very quickly.”
Such a great summary of how this moment can lead to radical transformation. Your last paragraph is the one that gives me most pause though. I wouldn’t be so optimistic about right-wing climate realism. If the greening of the right, like Marine Le Pen’s Front National in Europe gives us any insight, it’s that the reality of climate change will be used to reinforce what Christian Parenti calls the “politics of the armed lifeboat”: where the sovereign borders of the nation-state are viewed as the last lines of ‘green defense’ to protect national nature from being destroyed by climate immigration. That’s why I’m extremely wary of a right-wing shift towards climate realism because the avalanche of action you mention can also go in an ecofascist direction. And I’ll just add that your writing on the climate crisis, and Mary Annaïse Heglar’s writing on this issue in particular fantastic!