Friday, July 26, 2013

Voters think Republican climate dissenters 'crazy', bipartisan poll finds

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/us-politics-climate-change-scepticism

Results show risks that deniers in Congress pose to GOP as majority of younger constituents back Obama's carbon plans

, US environment correspondent guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 24 July 2013

Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views "ignorant, out of touch or crazy".

The bipartisan poll conducted for the League of Conservation Voters found solid 80% support among under-35 voters for Barack Obama's climate change plan – and majority support even among those who oppose the president.

On the flip side the poll found three-quarters of voters, or 73%, would oppose members of Congress who stood in the way of Obama's climate action plan.

The findings could prove awkward for Republicans in Congress who have adopted climate contrarianism as a defining feature.

Some 55% of Republicans in the House of Representatives and 65% of those in the Senate reject the science behind climate change or oppose action on climate change, according to an analysis by the Centre for American Progress.

The house speaker, John Boehner, dismissed Obama's plan to reduce carbon emissions as "absolutely crazy". If the poll is right that would hurt Boehner even among members of his own party, with the poll finding 52% of young Republicans less inclined to support a candidate who opposed Obama on climate change.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/us-politics-climate-change-scepticism

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