Roughly Half of Republicans Believe in Global Warming

We have often discussed the disconnect of the two major parties with their bases. For Democrats, it is the disgraceful record on civil liberties left by Democratic leadership, including President Obama. For Republicans, it is often the environment. Polls show a high number of Republican voters are in favor of environmental laws that are routinely undermined by GOP leaders. Now a new Pew poll shows that roughly half of Republicans say there is “solid evidence” of global warming — a remarkable jump of 37 percent jump from 2009.

The numbers are still higher in the population at large: 67 percent of all Americans and 48 percent of Republicans. However, the high numbers of Republicans accepting the science is not reflected in their party leadership or platform. The party appears captured by the most extreme elements of its members, including highly antagonistic business and lobby interest in the environmental field.

While many GOP leaders continue to deny the very notion of global warming like Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) , others are moving to a new position: it may be real but we may not be the cause or have any real power to change it. That was the view articulated recently by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) in debate with his congressional challenger Ami Bera (D):

LUNGREN: There is no doubt that there is global change, climate change. The question is who causes it and is it caused predominantly by human activity. It seems to me we ought to take reasonable steps but not steps that so put us in a disadvantageous situation economically that we will have less jobs. There’s those that cry about their concern for jobs and then support the very things that would absolutely destroy jobs. We have an example of that in the current administration that I believe is supported by my opponent to try and basically ruin the coal industry in the United States, losing us tens of thousands of jobs instead of pursuing the cleanest technology in the area of coal. […]
MODERATOR: So you’re suggesting the global warming change may not be caused by manmade sources?
LUNGREN: No, my suggestion is we don’t know to what extent it is and to what extent moves we would take on our own in the United States would have an effect. At the same time I believe it makes good common sense to try and reduce carbon emissions where possible, as I’ve done in the U.S. capitol.

That approach is more nuanced and perhaps more dangerous. It shields the politicians from any responsibility to act while allowing global warming to get worse with the potential for catastrophic impacts around the world.

Notably, this study means that more Republicans believe in global warming than evolution. Some 58% of polled Republicans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

Source: US News

105 thoughts on “Roughly Half of Republicans Believe in Global Warming”

  1. nick,

    All that tells me is that some prosecutor’s office was understaffed like so very many of them. However, it is rare for a prosecutor’s office to rely so heavily on a PI when they generally have an entire police department to do their bidding.

    And you have superb people skills, eh? Is that why you respond to criticism of your arguments with insults instead of cogent rebuttals? You have the people skills of a dead marmot, sport. Also, don’t think because some overworked public servant let you do grunt work means you’ve tried any case let alone a lot of them. You can’t argue your way out of a paper bag here. You’d get eaten alive in a courtroom.

  2. Prepped thousands of witnesses, both working for the prosecutor’s office and as a PI. Attorneys with real world experience knew I was very good @ it. I have superb people skills. I would not only prep them but evaluate them..letting the attorney know their strengths and weaknesses. That would be both our witnesses as well as the opposing witnesses. Evaluating the opposing witnesses was usually done prior to a deposition but sometimes a trial. You’re getting more and more wordy and just a little bit nastier. Tried a lot of cases there, Gene?

  3. nick,

    You’ve mistaken yourself as someone who’s opinion matters to me. I said I’m indifferent to your presence and that’s exactly what I meant no matter how bad you want to build a straw man saying otherwise. I’m perfectly able and willing to speak for myself.

    If your proof is wordiness in an explanation of why I think you’re a troll, that’s not a persuasive argument. Hell, it’s not even a related argument. My dislike for you has nothing to do with whether I want you gone or not. I dislike almost everything about Bron and he’s practically the blog’s pet troll. I’d probably even have a drink with him. You? Probably not.

    But I am as indifferent to what you choose to do vis a vis staying as I am at what he chooses to do. I like giving trolls and the trollish the smack down. I think its fun.

    But you are as welcome here as anyone except the banned. And sometimes, even they get a second chance. Isn’t that right, Bron? It was mespo and BIL who stepped up and spoke for letting you back in the forum when you got banned for hijacking another user’s identity, wasn’t it?

    The only people who leave are those who find the kitchen of critical thought and analysis too hot for them to bear or those who simply move on. That is their choice. The banned? There aren’t many of them and it’s not their choice to leave but our host’s that they leave.

    Also, prep witnesses? And just when did PI’s start prepping witnesses? That’s an attorney’s job. At minimum a paralegal. Because the attorneys are the ones asking the questions in court, not you. Having a PI prep a witness is like having your mail man perform anaesthesiology for a surgeon.

    Also, you’re penile insecurity is showing.

    Do please go on.

  4. Gene, Your lengthy comments is not really consistent w/ someone who is “indifferent.” You would make a poor witness. I could spend hours prepping w/ you but you would still be a horrible witness. The plaintiff and defense counsel, the judge, the jury would see it. But you would walk off the stand proud as a peacock. Remember, I’ll always give you the last word, because that is like Viagra for you. I’m just not done yet this evening.

  5. Bron,

    FWIW, unlike your new buddy, you truthfully actually do have some limited argumentation skills. You just historically pick really crap positions to argue from. A totally different problem than not having any skills at all.

  6. Bron,

    Again, tell it to people with no memories. Better yet, come back when you’ve won an argument against anyone. It doesn’t have to be me. And children or other Objectivists don’t count.

  7. nick,

    I did say a lot and I didn’t repeat myself. However, since your reading comprehension is manifestly flawed, I did try to use small words. Apparently it wasn’t enough.

    And to be clear, I’m not nor was I telling you you should go anywhere. I said other people said they wished you’d just go away as they have indicated to me privately. I have not stated my position on the matter publicly one way or the other, so you can put that straw man away (a logical fallacy by the way).

    I’m telling you that if you want to continue to make logical fallacies instead of cogent counterarguments, you’re simply going to get called on it every time.

    I don’t care whether you stay or not.

    You can not go wrong overestimating my indifference to your decision in that regard.

    What I said and what you obviously didn’t read or understand was why I refer to you as a troll.

    You aren’t very good with maintaining any kind of focus, are you, nick? (That too was a rhetorical question.)

  8. Gene, That wasalmost longer than The Gettysburg Address. The difference being Lincoln SAID a lot. Remember, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” You use a lot of words to say the same thing over and over again. I welcome anyone here to step up and tell me I should go away. I would be interested in corroboration because unfortunately, I can’t see eye rolls. Understand, Gene is one of the biggest reasons I will stay, but I would like to know where folks stand. I always let folks know what I honestly think, and hope that others will also.

  9. Psssst! Your intellectual insecurity is showing, Mr. Tough Guy. Speaking of one trick pony, you got something else to offer in defense other than insults, nick? I didn’t think so.

  10. If I had a summer home, I would want to save it from the excesses of greedy corporate interests who are fouling the planet.

  11. Bron,

    Really? Events and outcomes have proven you’re a fool among fools worshipping the pseudo-philosophy of a dead crazy woman to rationalize your personal selfishness and greed. And you once declared your victories all the time. You finally stopped because every time you tried you got your ass handed to you on a plate. Just like you did in your arguments proper.

    Seriously, you must think no one here has a memory. Are all of the trollish memory impaired? Or just you two? (Those were rhetorical questions.)

  12. Bron, A one trick pony. Maybe he can catch on w/ the circus, I think he needs a job.

  13. I had a good friend whose Dad was a nasty drunk. This assh@ole would beat him. The guy was a teacher and thought he was always the smartest guy in the room. He would start drinking vodka as soon as he got home from work. He didn’t have any friends, too bad he didn’t decide to not have kids also, although the no friends wasn’t a choice..just a byproduct of thinking he was better than everyone.My friend would come over to our house until his Dad passed out. My parents told my buddy he was always welcome @ our house and many nights he would just sleep on our couch. That’s the household in which I was raised.

  14. Gene H:

    I just never declared victory. I didnt have to, events and outcomes proved my points.

    Just like your post to Nick above, that could have been handled in one or two sentences. You really should learn that brevity is the measure of wit.

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