Republican presidential hopefuls in 2015. Top from left: Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum. Bottom from left: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rick Perry. Photo: AP / file photos

By Matt Viser
1 August 2015

WASHINGTON (Boston Globe) – Rick Santorum calls climate change “a beautifully concocted scheme.” Senator Ted Cruz contends that no climate change has been recorded in the last 15 years, bluntly declaring, “It hasn’t happened.”

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, has said, “We may be warming. We may be cooling.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush grants that climate change is real, but he is unwilling to say it is caused by humans.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, sees a conspiracy: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive.”

Most of the 17 Republicans running for president are skeptical about climate change caused by humans, a stance that appears to line up with conservative voters who hold sway in the GOP primary contest.

But it jeopardizes their chances with the broader swath of voters who will determine the winner of the general election — and Democrats are ready to take advantage of that opportunity.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is moving rapidly to exploit the Republican opposition by making climate change a central issue in her campaign. This week, she outlined a new proposal to install enough solar panels to power every home in the country. Clinton knocked Republican candidates who punt on the issue by claiming a lack of expertise.

“Those people on the other side, they will answer any question about climate change by saying, ‘I’m not a scientist,’ ” she said Sunday in Iowa. “Well, I’m not a scientist either. I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain.” […]

The energy industry has so far donated $1.8 million in the 2016 races, with 82 percent of the money going to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. […]

Nearly 58 percent of registered voters said they wanted a candidate who would take action to fight climate changes, and 38 percent said the position is very or extremely important, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released in April.

In a poll of voters in the crucial swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia, nearly two-thirds of voters said that climate change is caused by human activity, according to the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on July 23. [more]

GOP hopefuls not embracing climate change


  1. lifeofliberty said...

    Republicunts are disgustingly opportunistic and stupid beyond belief. They are willing to sacrifice the whole of humanity for their own short-term promotion.

    Needless to say, because of Obama's deceptions, incessant lying and war-mongering / police-state actions, it will (probably) be a Republicunt that gets selected for yet another 4 - 8 years of Amerikant disasters.

    Clearly, there is absolutely nothing to look forward to, except enjoy life, family and whatever time each of us has left a this world careens from one human-caused disaster to another.  

  2. John Crank said...

    As difficult as it seems, we need to continue to reach out to the conservative base for support. I know my democrat friends think it is a hopeless task, but there some strong intellectual minds in the republican party that, in time, will come over. It does not help to beat them about the head and shoulders, even if they seem to deserve it, it just creates additional emnity. I share with the person above concerns that we are already too far down the road to stop significant warming below about 2 .5 - 3 celsius above pre-industrial levels. But additional warming at 4 to 6 degrees is not yet in the pipeline(of course, 3 degrees is bad enough, catastrophic in itself). But at some point they will come over. As angry as some of us are about the failure to act, we need to set that aside and keep reaching out. The problem is too great not to.  


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