For as long as we can remember, climate change has always been a polarizing topic in politics. It is a process which branches out into other categories for which lawmakers make decisions for — at the very least — the economy and the environment, which have suffered a dramatic shake-up thanks to the platform of Donald Trump, a nominee who refers to himself as an “outsider,” which means he doesn’t fall in line with the Republican Party’s view on many issues.
This means that he’s attracted voters who believe a variety of things; differing views on climate change appears to be one of them.
Scientific American was in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention where they asked various Republican delegates about their thoughts on climate change, and a decent amount admitted that they believed climate change was real.
This would make it appear that there’s a bit of a change of direction in attitudes to follow the science, rather than deny it completely, but the leadership largely holds the power to make that decision and embracing climate change isn’t the direction they’re willing to take.
The Washington Post recently wrote about the research of climate change patterns from over several decades which appear to be the cause for the extended length of the mosquito season, an issue that is especially significant now that there are more reported cases of people in the United States being infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The report says that as a result of climate change, the number of days that register above 50 degrees is growing, where more moisture gets evaporated into the air and increases the humidity which mosquitoes love.
Politically, climate change and Zika are now two issues connected as legislatures have positioned themselves around trying to solve one issue by sometimes by ignoring the other. Recently, congress failed to pass a bill to fund the prevention of an outbreak before they went on a seven-week vacation, which the New York Times wrote about on July 14.
Being that both of the nation’s political parties have just completed their round of widely televised conventions — which provided stages for their nominees to fire at each other on the issues; climate change was one Republicans still widely believe is fraudulent, either by directly saying so, or by not mentioning it at all.
Last year, the Inquisitr reported on the controversial climate conference in Paris, controversial because congressional Republicans felt it was a great waste of time and since it happened, Republicans in congress have been trying to kill the president’s Clean Air Act because of the threat it poses to the coal industry.
Paul Ryan releases plan that includes a proposal to repeal “all climate-change regulations under the Clean Air Act” https://t.co/addaMLWV2N— InsideClimate News (@insideclimate) June 14, 2016
For instance, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, even said the following on the Senate floor.
“The Democratic Party does not understand that coal is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource. Those who mine it and their families should be protected from the Democratic Party’s radical anti-coal agenda.”
This week the Courier-Journal summed up the conflicting platforms between both parties, even pointing out that the Republican party “reject(s) a decades-old United Nations agreement” which brought together scientists who research climate change, to a consensus that it is worsened by man.
The growing consensus to accept global warming as an issue among Republicans overall is slow, as there are other reports showing that some are coming around to accept climate change as something to take seriously. Inquisitr also reported on the threat it has on agriculture where scientists say that it would eventually destroy our food supply and diet, leading to many more deaths.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 30, 2016
The politics around climate change among Republicans this year, however — despite how unconventional their candidate appears — is likely not subject to change, but it was clearly treated differently between both conventions where in the one for Democrats, nominee Hillary Clinton went after the Republican nominee’s rejection of science by declaring in her acceptance speech that she “believes in science.”
“I believe that climate change is real and that we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.”
Her declaration makes it clear to the world that President Obama’s climate change and clean air agenda is in good hands should Hillary Clinton win the presidency.
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