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The Boston Globe: Ed Markey’s optimism for climate-change consensus

SAY THIS for Senator Ed Markey: He is one irrepressible optimist.

If you put your faith in careful research and scientific consensus rather than pseudo-science and sophistry, the politicization of climate change can be profoundly disheartening.

Which is why it’s a tonic to talk to Markey. A longtime leader on the issue, he sees things coming together for real progress in the near future. Start with the November understanding President Obama struck with China on carbon emissions. With the two largest carbon-emitting countries now in agreement on emissions targets — and the European Union having established a target of its own — Markey thinks the stage is set for a significant advance when officials from 196 countries meet in Paris in December for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.