Post Paris: Most Republicans Support Climate Action
December 23, 2015
As we move into an election year, with a burgeoning El Nino, 2 record warm years in a row, record breaking temps for Christmas across the US, and a wave of exteme events guaranteed to continue and probably accelerate, GOP candidates are completely out of touch on the climate issue, even among their own electorate. The only candidate with any recognition of the problem whatever, Lindsay Graham, just dropped out.
The party is a prisoner to hard right primary voters, who tend to be rabidly anti-science. It’s a problem of their own making.
A majority of U.S. Republicans who had heard of the international climate deal in Paris said they support working with other countries to curb global warming and were willing to take steps to do so, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.
The desire for action is notable for an issue that has barely made a ripple on the campaign trail among 2016 Republican presidential candidates. Few of the Republican White House contenders have said much at all about the United Nations summit in Paris this month, though Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, have welcomed it.
More than half, or 58 percent, of Republicans surveyed said they approved of U.S. efforts to work with other nations to limit global warming, the poll showed. Forty percent said they would support a presidential candidate who did so.
Sixty-eight percent, meanwhile, said they either somewhat or strongly agree that they are willing to take individual steps to help the environment, such as cutting down on air-conditioning or buying a more efficient car.
Republicans surveyed were split on whether they would support a candidate who believes climate change is primarily man-made, with 30 percent saying they would vote for such a candidate and 27 percent saying they would not.
Republicans were less enthusiastic about fighting climate change than Democrats, but more willing to address it than the party’s presidential candidates. Ninety-one percent of Democrats approve of the United States taking action.