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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM: Republicans Warming up to Climate Change

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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY :

INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM :

LIBERTARIANISM:

Republicans Warming up to Climate Change

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Republicans Warming up to Climate Change

James Bruggers

2:01 p.m. EDT April 29, 2016

Courier Journal


http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/watchdog-earth/
2016/04/29/republicans-warming-up-global-warming/83696950/
http://tinyurl.com/jh8xgan

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Kentucky's two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, show no signs
of evolving on their contrarian views of climate change. But across
America, new polling shows their fellow Republicans' opinions may be
thawing along with the polar ice cap.

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While just 47 percent of conservative Republicans think global warming is
happening, that's up 19 percentage points over the past two years,
according to a new survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change
Communication.

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Still, the Yale program found that Democrats are more likely than
Republicans to be convinced that people are causing the warming and are
willing to support climate action  with potential implications in this
election year.

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Some 75 percent of Democrats believe climate change is mostly caused by
people, compared to 49 percent of liberal and moderate Republicans and
just 26 percent of conservative Republicans, the survey found.

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The liberal blog Climate Progress reports that the shift is enough to put
pressure on some more moderate Republican senators with constituents that
appear to be increasingly receptive to mainstream climate science, which
warns of global dangers in the decades and centuries ahead. Specifically,
it calls out Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire,
and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as vulnerable to Democratic challenges on the
environment.

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The blog went to Michelle Pautz, an associate professor of political
science at the University of Dayton, for an explanation: "By acknowledging
climate change, a (Republican) candidate could appeal to voters who think
it is ridiculous that a candidate does not agree with the overwhelming
consensus of peer-reviewed scientific research that documents climate
change is happening.

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In March, Gallup found that Americans were taking global warming more
seriously than at any time in the last eight years: Some 64 percent of
adults in the country told the pollster they were worried "a great deal"
or a "fair amount" about global warming. That was up from 51 percent in
2011. Gallup found that 40 percent of Republicans surveyed worry a great
deal or fair amount about climate change, compared to 31 just last year.

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Democrats' concerns jumped six percentage points, to 84 percent, over the
previous year, illustrating the continued divide between political
parties, Gallup found.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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