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Do Conservatives believe in Climate Change?

By Ladybird96 3 months ago

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.

To start, here is a map showing half of republicans say climate change is happening.

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?

What's your views on Climate Change?

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The media can make anyone believe in anything, like religion before it.

Even if the atmosphere was warming, which the evidence does NOT support, the solution would be space based lenses and mirrors to control the temperature, not Locking Down the economy, like we did for the common cold.

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I'm centrist libertarian. I don't know how much humans have caused and are causing climate change, but I know that we have. But we can't have a discussion about it.

I have questions about just what kind of things we can do. Should we stop fighting forest fires? Fire is a necessary part of how nature handles, among other things, climate changes.

I read a study that found that Europeans in the North East of the American continent have increased the size of the forests and changed the climate there over the last 600 years or so. Do we destroy those trees to get back to the way things were?

We are definitely not the only source of change though ... the earth itself changes. How do we tell when our efforts interfere with the natural course of climate change? How do we decide at what point we are impeding or stopping the natural evolution of the earth?

I have other questions that I can't even get out because I get screamed at for not believing in climate change.

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I picked something else mostly because only recently I've been paying closer attention to climate change issues, green deal and other policies being promoted, as well as a heavy handed mixing of these changes being implemented in the Democratic parties platform.

Personal as well as industrial waste management is important as it can be shown to have the most immideate effects. Littering, recycling, greater saftey used in how waste is delt with all contribute to fewer rodents, cleaner air and water, healthier produce and animals, and better communities. Whether the lengths of these measures contributes to an overall saftey of our planet isn't as clear to me.

One of the biggest turn offs, for me, to most movements for change is the alarmist approach. I find it hard to believe that such extreme lengths are of absolute importance to ensure our lives. Especially when the research is shown to have minuscule difference. Breaking down entire governmental structures to accommodate these changes is too radical a change. I've yet to see either a report on the perfect solution.

I do think humans contribute to climate change. But, I feel they are just one small part of the overall picture. I also feel we have made great strides to improve our condition over the years, even if it's just cleaner and healthier communities.

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I'm conservative, and I don't know what/how much impact human activity has on climate. There are people (including scientists) on both sides of the debate who likely have hidden interests that their activism benefits. I am very concerned about the other kinds of activism that climate activism is mixing with, as well as some solutions being proposed by people who push the idea that humans have a potentially catastrophic impact on climate.

So many holistic plans for dealing with climate change seem to read like communist manifestos. If there are solutions that do not compromise personal freedoms, nationalism, and free market capitalism, I would love to hear about them.

At the end of the day, I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Give me freedom or give me death!

You would have liked one of our nation's founding fathers, who famously said:

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" (Patrick Henry)

@KeithThroop I knew it was from one of your founding fathers... The sentence before it is roughly quoting someone too.

@DaveO276 OK. I just thought you had the same idea, as many have.

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The question itself is naive and polarising. The earths climate has been constantly changing for literally millions if not billions of years. From extreme heat to extreme cold and everything in between. This all happened without humans and will continue to happen whether humans are still here or not. You cannot stop the earths climate climate from changing. We are currently coming out of a mini ice age and ergo the earth is warming. How much effect we as humans affect this is still unclear. So does climate change exist of course it does! The primary argument for climate change being an issue appears to be some puerile idea that the earth never changes, the ice caps have always been there, the deserts, the lakes everything has always been the same and somehow just popped into existence, therefore any changes to the earth must be caused by humans! Wrong! Do we pollute yep and this is a far more important issue one which we can do something about. Do we influence the weather possibly. You might as well try and stop tectonic plate movement as try and stop the earths climate from changing!

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The climate has always changed... man or no man...

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Political affiliation; none. I am just a human being that God gifted at birth with the ability to observe and reason. I observe (doing so for nearly eighty-two years now) that today is not like yesterday and tomorrow may not, probably will not be like exactly today, weather wise or any other wise for that matter. I also know that if I wake up tomorrow the sun will shine or the rain it shall rain. All that to say; climate change as espoused by politicians and experts alike is a bunch of hoohaw for the sheep; the sheep who by the way don masks every morning to keep from breathing life giving oxygen and instead breath their own stale old carbon dioxide. It would not surprise is so much breathing of carbon dioxide might leave the human race growing leaves. Just kidding of course. End of stump speech.

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The climate is always changing. Anyone with a knee-jerk reaction to the assertion otherwise is just [-knee] jerk.

That said, the idea that HUMANS are responsible is just fearmongering at best. Ignorance of the Sun and global climate is driving 'fear', misplaced, ill-informed (at best), fear.

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