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Tony Kushner: Right-Wing Opposition to Recognizing Climate Change Comes "Entirely From Greed"

In 1991 <i>Angels in America</i> took on the impact of humans on the environment. Now we face a more intractable instance of environmental decay.

In 1991, Angels in America was one of the first major American dramas to take on the impact of human lives on the environment, as the character Hannah Pitt fretted about the hole in the ozone layer. Eighteen years later, the U.S. is on the verge of major negotiations over another, still more intractable instance of environmental degradation caused by humans, in Copenhagen this December. The Nation asked playwright and Editorial Board member Tony Kushner to reflect on the environmental legacy of Angels in America , and to discuss the artistic challenges of coping with an issue like climate change.


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