It’s been known for a long time that Republicans are less likely to believe global warming is real and mostly our fault compared with Democrats. And Tea Partiers are even less likely to believe it than more mainstream members of the GOP. But take heart: a Gallup poll just last year showed those numbers are improving. In fact, more than half of Republicans believe global warming is real, and almost 40 percent believe it’s manmade.
So if that’s the case, shouldn’t the percentage of Republicans running for office somehow reflect those percentages? If, say, seven Republicans were running for a senate seat in, say Colorado, wouldn’t you maybe expect that statistically about three of them would match the perspective shared by the party members they’re hoping will vote for them?
Well think again. Out of the seven Republicans running in Colorado, guess how many acknowledge that anthropogenic global warming is real (a fact accepted by more than 97 percent of climate scientists): ZERO!
Earlier this week, six of the candidates were at a debate and flat out denied this basic concept. (The seventh, Rep. Cory Gardner another climate change denier who is also expected to run wasn’t at the debate.)
Watch the clip and see just how quickly they can deny the facts:
How many people in Colorado think global warming is real? According to a report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, a whopping 70 percent. Only 19 percent of Coloradans agree with these Republican candidates.
Partisan loyalty often wins out, but if I was a Republican, I would have a hard time voting for a candidate who disagrees with me, 70 percent of my state, and a significant percentage of my fellow GOP members.
But I guess if I was one of these seven candidates, I would care less about my voters and more about the fossil fuel companies and lobbyists helping to fund my campaign.