Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Republicans and Democrats on Climate Change

There is a massive gulf separating Republicans and Democrats on the issue of climate change. Climate change and environmental issues did not keep Republicans from achieving gains in the Senate, the House of Representatives and many gubernatorial contests. When we take a look at voting patterns we once again see the stark partisan divide between Democrats and the GOP on climate change.

Exit polls from the November midterms show the climate divide breaks down along party lines. According to the New York times, exit polls show that 70 percent of Democrats nationally answered “yes” to the question “Do you think climate change, also known as global warming, is a serious problem?” While 84 percent of Republicans said no.

This poll is a reiteration of previous polls which show that supporters of the Republican party tend to disbelieve in anthropogenic climate change and tend to oppose action to mitigate and adapt to it. According to a 2012 Pew research poll, "Democratic voters are more than twice as likely to embrace the facts on global warming than their Republican counterparts."

There is no other way to frame the issue other than saying that the Republicans are to blame for American inaction on climate change.

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