Republicans are not a monolith on climate change
Republican lawmakers have been attacking the Biden Administration’s actions to address the climate crisis. However, not all Republicans align. The party is split and the recent mass power outages during a severe storm in Texas may drive a deeper wedge into the party as Republican lawmakers were seen as having failed their constituents. Recent polls show the fissure among Republican voters is generational and there is a vast chasm between Democrat and Republican voters when it comes to understanding the causes and risks of climate change.
- According to The Hill, in a recent poll conducted by The Conservation Coalition and the Conservative Energy Network, 68 percent percent of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 54 say climate change is important to their vote. The same poll also found that more than three-quarters of all Republican voters favor the government taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- According to the Pew Research Center, Democrats are more than three times as likely as Republicans to say dealing with climate change should be a top priority (78% vs. 21%).
- According to New York Times reporters Nadja Popovich And Livia Albeck-ripka, in a study titled “The spatial distribution of Republican and Democratic climate opinions at state and local scales” less than a third of registered Republicans nationwide said that climate change is caused mostly by human activities, and almost half claim it’s a natural phenomenon
No matter what direction the political winds blow, the planet continues on its dangerous path of warming as humans continue to burn fossil fuels at an alarming rate. Scientists are increasingly warning that to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change, the world’s governments must implement massive reductions of warming emissions and begin a drawdown of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the atmosphere over the decade ahead.
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- How Republicans think about climate change - October 22, 2020