Sierra Club: Democrats are Losing Interest in Climate Change

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Sierra Club is fretting that the Democrats don’t really seem interested in solving the climate crisis.

The Democratic Party Has a Climate Change Problem

The Democratic Party appears to be moving backward on climate action

In late May—days after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal—Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stood in front of a gas pump at a D.C. Exxon and lambasted the president for his role in raising gas prices for Americans across the country.

If that image—a Democratic leader griping about the unavailability of cheap fossil fuel for internal combustion engines—seems out of touch with the image of a party that has positioned itself to be the leading voice on climate action, you haven’t been paying attention to the way that the Democratic Party, as an institution, deals with climate change.

Take the party’s recent bit of backtracking on a resolution to prohibit fossil fuel companies from contributing to political campaigns. A little over a week ago, the Democratic National Committee reversed its position on a previously adopted resolution that prohibited donations from fossil-fuel-aligned corporate PACs. According to DNC chairman Tom Perez, the reversal was done out of support for fossil fuel workers and labor interests—specifically as an olive branch to union members who have fled from the party in recent years. But just over 4 percent of mining workers are unionized; more likely, the reversal is an overture to fossil fuel executives who would have seen their influence dwindle under the original resolution.

Or take the fact that the official Democratic rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union Address this year omitted any mention of climate change, despite delivering the rebuttal against the backdrop of an administration that is interested in nothing less than the systematic dismantling of domestic and international climate policies.

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A few weeks ago Democrats were complaining about losing votes to a “spoiler” green Ohio candidate who publicly claimed to be descended from space aliens – though to be fair the Democrats blamed votes for the green candidate on Russian meddling.

Still you have to wonder how hard the Democrats can chase the green space alien demographic without alienating some of their more mainstream supporters.

Perhaps the Democrats have finally woken up to the reality that making ends meet today is far more important to normal people than whether GDP will be reduced by a few percent a hundred years from now.

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August 22, 2018 6:15 am

“Still you have to wonder how hard the Democrats can chase the green space alien demographic without alienating some of their more mainstream supporters.”

In politics, it is what we used to call the “Big Tent”. There is plenty of room for a wide range of viewpoints within the party.

I, personally, see no difference between the space alien demographic and the mainstream liberal democrat. Plenty of room for both in that party.

Reply to  TonyL
August 22, 2018 8:12 am

I believe the term is now … Big Teepee

Reply to  Kenji
August 22, 2018 8:15 am

The only ones who can use that phrase are those with high cheek bones.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  MarkW
August 22, 2018 10:53 am


John Endicott
Reply to  Kenji
August 22, 2018 8:55 am

“I believe the term is now … Big Teepee”

That’s how Elizabeth Warren’s family always described it to her when she was growing up.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Kenji
August 22, 2018 11:45 am

“Here come de heap big warmy. Bigtime warmy warmy. Is big big hot. Plenty big warm burny hot. Hot! Hot hot! But now not hot. Not hot now. De hot come go, come go. Now Is Coldy Coldy. Is ice. Hot den cold. Frreeeezy ice til hot again. Den de rain. It faaaalllll. Make pasty.”

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Kenji
August 22, 2018 4:29 pm

Big Teepee cost plenty wampum, but at least keeps wigwam.

Bill Powers
Reply to  TonyL
August 22, 2018 10:18 am

Tbe real problem is identity politics and green policies don’t play well together. The Mainstream College Liberal has put on black masks and hoodies to tear down Confederate statues and harass the remaining 20 racists in America. The Left is so fixated on black, hispanic, asian, feminist, LGBTQrstuv identity politics that there is little bandwidth left for the hypothetical CAGW boogieman when they are fixated on their Trump Tantrum, their “Orange Haired boogieman” in the White House.

August 22, 2018 6:17 am

All the libs and media are interested in is Trump Trump Trump….
Venezuela is imploding….South Africa is taking white farmers homes and land
….but that doesn’t fit their agenda

Joe - the non climate scientist
Reply to  Latitude
August 22, 2018 6:37 am

South Africa is taking white farmers homes and land
….but that doesn’t fit their agenda

Unfortunately – That does fit their agenda

Reply to  Latitude
August 22, 2018 8:11 am

Many people in Democrat Party as well as other leftists would absolutely love to do what ANC is doing. One of the reasons they push for open borders is to grow a class of people who live in substandard rental/government subsidized housing in a perpetual state of poverty. Cloward/Piven writ large.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  Latitude
August 22, 2018 6:18 pm

And only a matter of time when civil war breaks out in Sweden. No go zones are breaking out all over the place. 62 at least. Malmo a big city has 40% of population non Swedish born.

So many rapes at a big music festival last 2 years that the festival organizers have decided to call it quits as of 2018.

“The organisers of Sweden’s largest music festival have announced that the event will come to a close after cancelling this year’s festival following a wave of sex attacks last year.”

Grenades can be bought on the black market for a $100 in Sweden. Openly sold in no go zones.

Sam C Cogar
Reply to  Latitude
August 23, 2018 10:36 am

South Africa is taking white farmers homes and land ……

Nothing new about that.

I think that “practice” began in the late 1960’s.

August 22, 2018 6:20 am

“Trump to Replace Obama Clean Power Plan With Affordable Clean Energy Rule
Between this proposal and the CAFE proposal, most of the Obama climate legacy is history”

Gerard O'Dowd
Reply to  richard
August 22, 2018 2:05 pm

Can WUWT have one of its writers analyze the advantages and disadvantages of a clean energy plan as a privately funded, free market, alternative to Tax subsidized Solar cell arrays and wind turbines, using:
1)Thorium for nuclear energy in place of Uranium to markedly reduce nuclear waste and recycle existing waste; Estimate the Reductions in cost to Construct Thorium nuclear reactors, the modularity, scalability, and low risk of accidents compared to existing designs.
2) Natural gas turbine designs that generate virtually pollution free electricity, based on the Allam Cycle, using supercritical CO2 to spin the turbine, recycling the CO2, or capturing and redirecting it for other uses, at a cost of 0.06 cents per kW hr based on one source, developed by the R&D consortium called Net Power comprised of partners 8 Rivers Capital, a VC tech incubator based in Durham, NC, who worked initially with engineering firms Fluor and Babcock and Wilcox to validate the concept, and shares ownership with Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI) and Exelon, the major public electrical utility corporation. Haven’t heard much about the progress of the Net Power partnership to construct a prototype Allam Cycle plant on the Houston Shipping Channel.
3) Use the items 1,2 to produce Ammonia NH3 from natural gas and atmospheric N2 for Fuel cell engines in automobiles and trucks as a replacement for gasoline and battery powered cars.

How realistic is this clean energy alternative plan compared to wind and solar? Just think of all the birds we could save from violent deaths.

Reply to  Gerard O'Dowd
August 23, 2018 3:30 am

Sorry dude, but anhydrous ammonia is just too nasty to use as fuel. The gas is deadly and so is the liquid. I work with it on a daily basis. If you get it on your skin (even a small amount) you must have lots of water to flush it off. Immediately.

Reply to  Hal
August 23, 2018 4:31 pm

Hydrogen fuel cells have been powering Getman submarines (type 209’s upwards) since the mid-1980’s. Its byproduct? H2O

Reply to  richard
August 22, 2018 3:39 pm

I can’t think of a single rule or regulation that Obama’s Administration did that shouldn’t be abandoned, retracted or replaced, other than ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cubans landing illegally on US soil.

Steve Lohr
August 22, 2018 6:24 am

Yes, but their base is still jacked up about wolves and bears, and sage grouse. Makes them money all the time.

Bob Burban
Reply to  Steve Lohr
August 22, 2018 8:44 am

You forgot the smelt …

Reply to  Bob Burban
August 23, 2018 10:39 am

You’re right. It stinks.

Reply to  Steve Lohr
August 22, 2018 9:44 am

We need to get the big golden bruins back into the Sierras. Give them what they want and see how it turns out.

Johne Morton
August 22, 2018 6:31 am

Much of this can be explained by understanding the hierarchy of precedence assigned to various subjects on the Left. The political Left is a mish mash of different “movements” all geared toward the sabotage of the USA and the western world in general. Climate change is a good subject to raise when attacking capitalism, but they have bigger things on the plate now. Environmentalists are to remain silent when the subject of illegal immigration spoiling the environment in the Southwest is brought up. Radical Islam is higher on the ladder than gay rights or feminism, so if Islamists shoot up a gay night club or abuse women, just hush up and take one for the team. If you need to complain about high gas prices and dependence on OPEC while blocking Keystone XL, development of ANWR, or fracking, do what is necessary.

And so on…

George Daddis
Reply to  Johne Morton
August 22, 2018 9:12 am

What’s amazing is Tom Perez even admits to this bias:

According to DNC chairman Tom Perez, the reversal was done out of support for fossil fuel workers and labor interests—specifically as an olive branch to union members who have fled from the party in recent years. But just over 4 percent of mining workers are unionized…..

I guess we can take from this that the DNC doesn’t give a damn about 96% of the workers in an industry that is struggling; only the 4 % that are unionized (and donate to the DNC).

(How does he rationalize that stance for union folk with the DNC position that apparently favors illegal workers over unionized employees doing jobs at the lowest end of the pay scale?)

Reply to  George Daddis
August 22, 2018 9:45 am

Your mistake is granting the assumption that Tom Perez functions as a consistent, rational individual first, and only after that as DNC Chairgenderneutral.


John Harmsworth
Reply to  Johne Morton
August 22, 2018 10:55 am

Part and parcel of the victimhood mentality that is pervasive nowadays. Better to whine than do something for yourself or others. So much easier to say, “the government should do something about that”.

August 22, 2018 6:32 am

As usual, follow the money.

Reply to  Trebla
August 22, 2018 6:52 am

Agreed. Both establishment wings in both parties in the U.S. are hypocrites.

The establishment wing of the Democrat party understands full well that they need the money of Exxon, et al., etc., in order to fund their campaigns and initiatives.

The true believing Progressive is becoming as much an enemy to the Democrat establishment as I am to the establishment wing of the GOP.

August 22, 2018 6:41 am

“Democrats losing interest in climate change”

Democrats can learn after all.

kent beuchert
Reply to  MarkW
August 22, 2018 6:53 am

NO, Democrats always follow the votes, which aren’t there for global warming

Reply to  kent beuchert
August 22, 2018 7:39 am

Well, that results from a hard-won learning experience for the “swamp critter” contingent of the national Democrats.

Reply to  kent beuchert
August 22, 2018 8:16 am

It’s ALL about POWER for the Dems. To remain in Political POWER. Selling their souls to remain in political POWER … is de rigor.

Reply to  Kenji
August 22, 2018 9:24 am

Republicans aren’t much better.

Reply to  MarkW
August 22, 2018 10:20 am

Not the GOPe … however … MY President isn’t beholden to K-Street

Tom Abbott
Reply to  kent beuchert
August 22, 2018 1:55 pm

The Democrats can’t make a valid, convincing argument for CAGW. That’s why they don’t bring up the subject. It shouldn’t be a surprise, since even the alarmist scientists can’t make a valid case for CAGW, either.

Which side is eager to debate the CAGW issue? It’s not the Alarmist side, now is it. There’s a reason for that: They don’t have any evidence and they know it.

John Endicott
Reply to  MarkW
August 22, 2018 8:58 am

Yeah but Democrats learned long ago how to give lip service, it’s nothing new for them.

Bryan A
Reply to  John Endicott
August 22, 2018 10:04 am

Bill Clinton proved that during his term in office. Give and Get…

Rod Everson
August 22, 2018 7:32 am

Last line of the article above: “Perhaps the Democrats have finally woken up to the reality that making ends meet today is far more important to normal people than whether GDP will be reduced by a few percent a hundred years from now.”

Well, many now former Democrats woke up to the fact that GDP was reduced by a few percent over the past few years by President Obama’s policies, so the extension to liberal climate propaganda isn’t much of a stretch, I suppose.

Joe Crawford
August 22, 2018 7:59 am

The ability to think logically has not been a very common characteristic of the Democrats for several decades now. You can throw many of the Republican leadership into that bucket as well. It doesn’t seem to take any them long, once they arrive in Washington, to fall into the D.C. and K-Street traps that the voters are ignorant, they are invincible and money, especially the party and their own campaign funds, are the solution to all of the world’s problems. I think it was around a year ago that one TV show pointed out that how much money they raised for their political party was instrumental in determining which committee assignments they received. New electees were expected to spend 3 or 4 hours a day in the party boiler rooms down the street from the Capitol raising funds for the party. Looking at the results, I guess that brain washing system works. We now have the best government money can buy.

Reply to  Joe Crawford
August 22, 2018 10:12 am

Congress critters may end up spending eight hours a day dialing for dollars. link They promise to solve the donors’ problems. They don’t actually do that because, then the donors wouldn’t have a reason to donate. If you think of the best government money can buy, it doesn’t work because the donors are getting ripped off. 😉

Joe Crawford
Reply to  commieBob
August 23, 2018 7:30 am

Thanks CB. Sort of makes one wonder how much of the deep state, along with the media, is funded by all of that.

August 22, 2018 8:10 am

Bad news for Tesla … er, MORE bad news for Tesla

August 22, 2018 8:16 am

I have an aunt who was a life long member SC, has always bought their shinola, hook line and sinker. Well educated, actually quite intelligent, and blind to all this propaganda, just sucks it right up. Thank God as she got older she concentrates on saving stray animals. I was able to convince her to abandon PETA and only donate to local shelters and real Humane Society. She has not sent SC money in a long time, can’t afford it, what with all the animals out there needing help.

Bruce Cobb
August 22, 2018 8:19 am

But but but, aren’t all space aliens green?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 22, 2018 8:44 am

Yeah, yeah, I know, “only the ones that recycle”. Ha-ha, very funny.

John Endicott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 22, 2018 9:02 am

How racist (alienist?). Space Aliens can be other colors, look at Thanos (Purple) for example. 😉

If you say Thanos is fictional, we’ll aren’t all space aliens (especially the green ones)?

Richard of NZ
Reply to  John Endicott
August 22, 2018 1:06 pm

I am unsure whether the one eyed, one horned ones are purple or only eat purple people.

John Endicott
Reply to  Richard of NZ
August 23, 2018 10:36 am

“I said Mr Purple People Eater what’s your line
He said eating purple people and it sure is fine
But that’s not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock ‘n roll band”

So, according to the song it eats purple people. whether or not the eater of purple people is also purple is not specified.

August 22, 2018 8:51 am

The sierra club is just brown-shirts in green.

Reply to  beng135
August 22, 2018 10:22 am

Brown-shirts with cadres of Lawyers … suing to STOP all human development (except bird-chopping windmills, or bird incinerating solar towers).

Reply to  Kenji
August 25, 2018 3:09 pm

Yes half illegal activities half judicial.

I think you shouldn’t be allowed to do both. Citizens should rise and override the Courts. And the police forces-judicial complex if they give themselves qualified immunity for thugs with a badge.

Qualified immunity my *ss.

August 22, 2018 9:32 am

Charles Schumer stood in front of a gas pump at a D.C. Exxon and lambasted the president for his role in raising gas prices for Americans across the country.

Politicians like to score cheap quick points. Never mind that Democrat policies would make gasoline unaffordable for most Americans.

John Endicott
Reply to  commieBob
August 23, 2018 10:40 am

Not just gas, Obama admitted “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”.

Basically under the Dem’s plans, all energy prices would become unaffordable to the poorest Americans (and not much better for those in the Middle class).

August 22, 2018 9:48 am


August 22, 2018 9:48 am

Just proves it’s all about politics and nothing about temperature. I do miss the old guard scientists on this forum discussing science though, even if it took me a while to figure out what they were saying 🙂

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
August 22, 2018 10:28 am

Are we sure they are losing interest or is it just a case of short attention span?

John Harmsworth
August 22, 2018 10:50 am

AGW is a complete fabrication of the Eco-loony Left! The people know it and finally the Left is cluing in to the fact that they sold their souls for a political partnership with the amoral eco-activists, for whom lying is just a means to an end to solve their need for an ecological disaster narrative. Imaginary if necessary!
They were really a match made in heaven as the Left lies as well on economic matters as the Eco-loonies do on environmental issues. The reality is that the environmental issues are pretty much solved. We need to work on oceans management and fisheries and then some maintenance based on ACCURATE SCIENCE on other issues.

August 22, 2018 10:55 am

The Democrats are just using their old tricks. In the 2006 midterms they recruited and ran candidates that were ex-military and on a platform of getting us out of Iraq and, wait for it, ending deficit spending and reducing the national debt. As soon as they were again in the majority of course they did neither instead began increasing deficit spending.

The Democrats want to be back in power. Contrary to the national news media the power in Washington is with Congress (and the rank and file in the federal agencies). Since 1932 Democrats have controlled Washington 75% of the time. Either they held majorities in both Houses of Congress or their minorities were so large, especially in the Senate, that Republicans could do nothing without a few Democrats crossing the aisle. Starting with the 2007 Congress any Democrat crossing the aisle without permission from the leadership quickly found themselves to be back benchers.

Two of the most shocking losses for the Democrats the last election was Pennsylvania and West Virginia, long safe Democratic states. Appealing to the miners and rough necks is certainly no change in Democrats beliefs about CAGW. If they regain the majority they will back to their same hard core position. The Democrats depend on their voters not paying attention and the news media not reporting. Staff in the federal agencies will again believe they are totally protected.

August 22, 2018 11:00 am

It’s just another safe turn of the dial down to lower volume. That in no way implies a change of heart or protection against future Obama-style over reach tactics that include attacking any citizen that questions the policy with Sierra Club speeches at the podium.

Michael S. Kelly, LS BSA, Ret
August 22, 2018 1:10 pm

It was at his bar mitzvah that little Johnny Boychik spoke the words: “Today, I am a Manchik.”

Michael S. Kelly, LS BSA, Ret
Reply to  Michael S. Kelly, LS BSA, Ret
August 22, 2018 1:55 pm

I meant “Joey,” not “Johnny.” Oh, well…

August 22, 2018 4:35 pm

“Democrats don’t really seem interested in solving the climate crisis”

Well, that’s just what happens when they focus on the political party members with short attention spans while ticking off the ones who investigate, think, analyze and share results, code and knowledge.

They’d lose the short attention spanners immediately, if they bothered to explain what zero fossil fuels actually means:
To indoor heat/Air conditioning,
peanut butter banana smoothies,
hair treatments,
food supplies,
air travel,
surf and wave boards,
ski poles,
mobile phones,
etc. etc. etc.

Alan Tomalty
August 22, 2018 6:03 pm

At least one country in the world where believing in global warming will get you arrested.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Security forces affiliated with the LNA in Benghazi, Libya arrested AFP photographer Abdullah Doma twice within one week—on March 28 and April 2, 2017 —for a day each time. According to Doma’s family, the arrests were for his coverage of Earth Hour, a global event that took place on March 25 to raise awareness of climate change. “

Rich Wright
August 22, 2018 7:38 pm

So basically the Sierra Club leaders are offended that Senator Schumer is complaining about high gas prices? Senator Schumer has more common sense about the public’s preference for low energy prices than the environmentalists in the Sierra Club.

August 23, 2018 7:27 am

Maybe you can’t fool some of the people all of the time.

Tom Gotwols
August 23, 2018 7:47 am

Speaking of collusion, the Daily Signal is reporting that Russia in funding lawsuits by the Sierra Club, along with the NRDC and other “green” organizations against various fracking projects.

Reply to  Tom Gotwols
August 23, 2018 9:02 am

Investigate the extremists organisations (Greenpiss, Sierra, EDF…)

Tom Gotwols
August 23, 2018 7:50 am

The Daily Signal reported the Sierra Club, along with NRDC and other “green” groups are being funded by Russia to tie up fracking projects in the courts, thus reducing US energy production. Collusion?

August 25, 2018 3:02 pm

Noisy Democrats are interested in The Resistance. It means hate of Donald Trump, the GOP, free speech and Russia, not necessarily in that order.

Read Tweeter. It’s TERRIFYING. Some are purely Stalinist. They see Russia as Stalin’s West and want an iron curtain against speech from Russians.

They get their ideas from Russia-obsessed geopolitical ineptness providers like Garry Kasparov.

Democrats hate climate change as an accessory to hating the GOP, Donald Trump…

The Dem base got to love the intelligence agencies the leftist base used to despise. The change in political climate is obvious and it’s accelerating.

If you could link climate change to Russia, they might care more about it.

I wonder if they can get to support Bt toxin producing GMO crops, glyphosate resistant crops, Roundup and Monsanto if then learn that Russia banned GMO seeds.

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