Thursday, June 12, 2008

More on the Partisan Divide on Climate Change

I posted last week on the partisan divide among voters on the issue of climate change. The National Journal has done a survey of members of Congress that shows that this divide is even greater in Congress:



The National Journal prints comments made by those who were surveyed that is also very illuminating. Here are comments by Republicans:

"Reasonable people have doubts. For every Al Gore, there is an intelligent scientist armed with legitimate facts to debunk him."

"But this is an opportunity for us to export U.S. innovation to improve global environmental responsibility and not just regulate ourselves."

"In the '70s, the 'consensus of scientists' was that we were beginning global cooling. Now it is global warming. Excuse me if I am skeptical of this newest form of secular religion. Perhaps we should pause and take a breath before we drink the new Kool-Aid!"

"The Earth is warming, but we don't know whether it's caused entirely by humans or whether human actions can change it."

"It is proven that it is a partial cause, but not the primary cause."

"No, not man-made pollution alone."

"Human contribution is minimal, but pollution should be reduced for a cleaner environment."

"If there's one thing poll after poll indicates, it's that the science is not settled on this issue."

"What has been proven is that a well-targeted pop-culture campaign can trump even the best of science. The bad news is, a very few will get very rich, and the rest of us will foot the bill with mythical creations like cap and trade. The impact of such programs on the environment: Zero. The cost to the American public: Huge. The grin on Al Gore's very wealthy face: Priceless!"

"It's been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Democrats are OK with the idea of surrendering our spot atop the world economy."



May favorite comment is "If there's one thing poll after poll indicates, it's that the science is not settled on this issue." Since when do public opinion polls decide science? Read it all here.

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