For those of you who may not have heard of it, October 27 has been designated as Climate Fools Day. It was created two or three years ago in the UK by a group of people politely referred to as “Climate Change Skeptics” – mostly energy industry hacks and assorted quacks.

The day is meant to mark the passage of a climate change bill by Parliament. It’s an expensive and controversial law, aimed at addressing the problem of climate change through a variety of green initiatives.

It may not be a perfect piece of legislation, but at last it’s something, which is more than can be said for the US Congress and other major countries.

Debating the pros and cons of any environmental legislation is healthy. There has to be discussion about what course of action to take. We need to reach a consensus if anything is going to work. But continuing to deny that the problem exists is madness, and a dangerous madness at that.

It’s akin to saying we shouldn’t refer to the planet as a globe because some people still think the earth is flat.