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.




5 Responses to “Post Paris: Most Republicans Support Climate Action”

  1. An article which raises a most salient point to the bind the GOP find themselves in.

    Gradually, Fox News became the most popular American cable news channel. In turn, it became critical to the fortunes of the Republican Party. Fox News was a vital supporter of George W Bush’s presidency and the most important cheerleader for the invasion of Iraq. It was the arbiter of the fate of the Republican contenders for the presidential nomination in both 2008 and 2012. And it was in attendance at the birth of the Tea Party movement which, in its insane permanent war against the presidency of Barack Obama, is currently tearing Congress and American society apart.

    David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter, best captured the political influence Fox News has come to wield on the right of American politics:
    “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us. Now we’re discovering that we work for Fox.”

  2. otter17 Says:

    Fox “News” was not only in attendance at the birth of the TEA movement, but helped coordinate rallies and provide direct support. This is unprecedented for a news organization. It isn’t news, but political opinion shows interspersed with some current events every once in a while, often difficult to tell the difference.

    It would be nice if the news organizations could get back to just the facts. It would be nice to join forces with all political stripes to fight AGW.

  3. freggersjr Says:

    Many people do not understand why politicians often vote for minority interests and against what the majority wants. Here is why.

    Surveys have indicated that the majority of people favor some measures of gun control yet politicians generally vote against gun control. People who favor gun control generally have a number of issues that concern them and will not vote against a politician who opposes gun control if he supports most of the positions that voters favor. On the other hand, those who oppose any form of gun control tend to be one-issue people and will oppose any politician who supports gun control. Therefore, a politician who opposes gun control will actually lose very little support whereas a politician who supports gun control will lose most of the voters who oppose gun control. The same principal applies to climate science, abortion, and many other issues.

    Perhaps someone can take this principal and express it more clearly than I have.

  4. The devil is in the detail… “A majority of U.S. Republicans who had heard of the international climate deal in Paris…”

    But what percentage of Republicans heard of it?

  5. […] as many a Roman Emperor discovered. Take climate change. The sands seem to have now shifted and 58% of Republicans now favour action on climate change. Any GOP candidate who is a hardline climate denier (which is pretty much all of them) could well […]

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