In 2018, U.S. Government scientists released the second part of the annual National Climate Assessment which, along with it’s first volume, gave evidence that the major cause of climate change is human activity. In response, President Trump dismissed the scientist’s findings and told the world he didn’t believe it.
Ask any liberal and they will tell you one of the biggest problem they face in fighting climate change is the damn conservatives. They’ll use the above example and many others as proof that republicans are climate deniers. I used the same argument until I decided to write this article and found the stats to be very different from my perception.
The trend, according to Yale's Climate Change in the American Mind is also up... with even the most Conservative people doubling their belief in just the last 5 years!
However, most republicans don’t think climate change is human caused, even if most scientist says otherwise. Why?
The issue lies within the message’s delivery.
According to an article written by Steven F. Hayward, an American conservative author, policy scholar and political commentator, science has little to do with partisan divisions on issues like tax rates, education policy, labor rules and health care reform. There are many examples where liberals and Democratic administrations have disregarded solid scientific findings that go against their policy preferences.
“Neither side is very compelled by science that contradicts strongly held views about how politics and policies ought to be carried out,” says Hayward.
Currently the New Green Deal, proposed by liberal lawmakers, is one of the only notable plans in government to tackle climate change. The New York Times describes it as the following:
“The Green New Deal calls on the federal government to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create high-paying jobs, ensure that clean air, clean water and healthy food are basic human rights, and end all forms of oppression.”
Many Conservatives see the Green New Deal as nothing more than a Trojan horse to bring in Socialism. Liberals then interpret conservative reluctance and skepticism as being non-believers and climate change deniers.
“Conservative skepticism is less about science per se than its claims to usefulness in the policy realm,” writes Hayward. “Put more simply or directly, the conservative distrust of authority based on claims of superior scientific knowledge reflects a distrust of the motives of those who make such claims, and thus a mistrust of the validity of the claims themselves.”
This sounds a lot like human nature. Nobody wants to be told what to do, what to think or what to believe. This is especially true in politics, if one side of the aisle treats the other like idiots for not believing in the same thing they do, it’s no wonder why nothing ever get’s done.
Another challenge to get Conservatives to accept climate science is that most scientists claim to be Democrats.
However, there are signs that more conservatives are seeing Climage Change as a threat. The Citizen's Climage Lobby and American Conservation Coalition are trying to rally Conservatives to address climate change.
What do you think?