As GOP Repels the Young, Climate and Renewable Energy Awareness Grows

July 16, 2018


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If you are a climate denier, polling shows you are likely to be old, poorly educated, and male. That checks out.


A record number of Americans — nearly three quarters — understand there is “solid evidence” that global warming is happening, according to a new poll.

And a record number (60 percent) said they know “humans are either primarily (34 percent) or partially responsible (26 percent) for the warming,” according to the long-running National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE) by Muhlenberg College and University of Michigan, which interviewed 751 adults.

At the same time, however, the pollsters note, the “divide between Democrats and Republicans on the existence of [human-caused] global warming is also at record levels.”

The pollsters (and the media) make a great deal of this growing partisan divide, but that growth appears to be at least partly driven by a drop in the percentage of people self-identifying as Republican.

As Trump chases moderates out of the party, those left are more conservative, more extreme in their views, and more prone to climate science denial.

As a June analysis by Brookings pointed out, “Trump owns a shrinking Republican party.” The authors explain that GOP party identification “took a sharp drop at the end of George W. Bush’s second term and never really recovered. The trend seems to have taken another drop after Trump’s election.”


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Meanwhile, increasing numbers of conservatives are waking up to the importance of renewable energy, climate change or no.

WCMU (Michigan) Radio:

An increasing number of organizations, including the Christian Coalition and Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, are shifting the conversation about alternative energy. Instead of presenting the issue as one tied to climate change, they are instead discussing it in terms of national security, families and communities.

One Response to “As GOP Repels the Young, Climate and Renewable Energy Awareness Grows”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Unfortunately, it’s us old farts who vote.

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