Trump Climate Denial Costing Votes
August 17, 2016
Trump says he gets his public policy stands from “watching the shows”.
You be the judge of what shows.
Trump’s climate skepticism also isn’t winning him fans among young voters.
Reddit users tend to be skeptical of religion and big supporters of science — communities for atheism and science are among the site’s largest, with over 2 million and 12 million members, respectively. That showed in many of the answers.
“I was on the fence until he said global warming was a hoax,” WubbaLubbaDubStep said.
“When he and Clinton both got the nomination for their respective parties, I was actually leaning more toward Trump,” Scratch_That_Itch said. “However, his denial of climate change completely changed my mind. I’m not one to get caught up in the doom and gloom of many articles about the climate changing, but there is absolutely ZERO reason not to invest time, money, and energy into renewable/cleaner power sources.”
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said last month, “Ultimately, there’s going to be a person in a garage somewhere that’s going to come up with a disruptive technology that’s going to solve these problems, and I think markets need to be respected in this regard.”
Another GOP candidate, Carly Fiorina, offered a similar observation: “I think the answer to this problem is innovation, not regulation.”
It’s a nuanced position. In one breath they ackno
wledge there’s a problem that we must solve and attack the regulatory solution currently leaving the station. There’s just one problem: Suggesting that innovation without market reform will solve climate change is more wishful thinking than a serious policy proposal.
The truth is that we cannot afford to wait for “a person in a garage” to come up with a magic bullet. The technologies that can wean society off polluting fuels already exist. What we need is the economic incentive to bring those technologies to scale.
To be sure, there are technologies yet to be invented that will have a game-changing impact on our ability to undo the damage accrued from burning fossil fuels the past two centuries. But investors are more likely to fund the research and development for these new technologies if they are assured a market that values them and thus a reasonable return on their investment.
What would give them such assurance? A predictable, steadily rising fee on carbon pollution.
Bob Inglis is a former Republican congressman from South Carolina who now directs RepublicEn.org, a think tank promoting free-market energy and climate policies. Mark Reynolds is executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Media Matters: (if anyone knows how to embed the videos from Media Matters, let me know. They won’t tell me how)
HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): There are some things that we’re talking about now that, if it were not for him, they wouldn’t be put in this campaign.
GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): Not true.
FAULKNER: You don’t think that we’d be talking this much about illegal immigration if it weren’t for Donald Trump?
GUTFELD: I think illegal immigration and terror and race and law and order has been the staple of Fox News for 10 years. All he did was watch Fox News.
FAULKNER: In campaign themselves. I mean, until recently had you heard President Obama say that fighting ISIS is his number one priority?
GUTFELD: So people are talking about it more because he boils it down to phrases that create novelty in the media.