Phrases used in Barbara Boxer and John Kerry’s reply to Sarah Palin’s Washington Post op-ed on cap-and-trade that weren’t used in Palin’s original piece:

1) “Global warming”

2) “Climate change”

That has to count as a step in the right direction. It would still be nice, though, for the Post to make some space on its op-ed page for actual experts on this subject, rather than the same politicians who are regularly quoted in the news section.

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Greg Marx is an adjunct lecturer at The Medill School and a facilitator with The OpEd Project. She served as an editorial board member, columnist, library director, and No. 2 in the features department of the Chicago Sun-Times.