Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Newsweek is worried that Republicans are becoming more climate skeptic.
UNDER TRUMP, FEWER REPUBLICANS THINK GLOBAL WARMING IS CAUSED BY HUMANS
BY TIM MARCIN ON 3/28/18 AT 2:06 PM
More than a full year into the Donald Trump experience, Republicans have grown more skeptical about climate change compared with the year prior, according to new polling data from Gallup released on Wednesday.
Just 35 percent of Republicans believed global warming was caused by humans, compared with 40 percent at about this time in 2017 when Trump had barely taken office. A full 89 percent of Democrats, meanwhile, believed humans caused global warming.
There was, however, one area where GOP respondents were more concerned about global warming. Eighteen percent felt they would see effects from global warming in their lifetime, a 4 percentage point rise from 2017, according to Gallup.
The Gallup Poll is available here.
What I find most fascinating about this polarisation of opinion is the fact that people who claim to believe the world is facing a climate emergency are not making a serious effort to solve the alleged emergency. For example there seems to be no real effort by Democrats to embrace zero carbon nuclear power, despite the very real likelihood that a Democrat policy of nuclear advocacy would be supported by Republicans. The possibility that a few nuclear plants would suffer meltdowns is somehow a greater problem than the alleged imminent end of the world.