Young Republicans Want Action On Climate

A major hurdle as the United States tries to do its part to counter climate change is resistance from Republican politicians. So far, most of them have been able to sit on the sidelines because GOP voters are less troubled by climate change than Democratic voters. Asked late last year if “the federal government should do more to protect people from global warming’s impacts,” 88 percent of Democrats said yes, compared to only 33 percent of Republicans.

But that gap may narrow significantly before too much longer. There is increasing evidence that young Republicans view climate change as a threat to our health and economy and that they believe our leaders must act. A recent survey by the Alliance for Market Solutions found that nearly 60 percent of young Republicans acknowledge that human-induced climate change is real, as do 88 percent of young Democrats. A majority of young people of both parties said they believe steps should be taken to slow or stop climate change.

“Young voters don’t necessarily have strong views on what should be done about climate change, but doing nothing is not a path that most young people, including Republicans, tend to support,” said Kristen Soltis Anderson, the Republican strategist who conducted the survey.

Is Carbon Pricing Finally Taking Center Stage?

“We’ve now got carbon pricing on the radar screen in a way it hasn’t been before,” said the World Bank’s John Roome, “We’re moving from why to how.”

An April 24 New York Times story by Coral Davenport quoted Roome and others on the growing momentum of carbon pricing. “There is now an overwhelmingly obvious scientific consensus that the more carbon pollution we put into the air the more impact it has on warming the massive melting of the Arctic, the cycles of droughts and flooding, the die-offs of coral reefs,” the World Bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim, told Davenport. “And to our economists, who have been studying this for quite some time, there is an equally obvious consensus that putting a price on carbon pollution is by far the most powerful and efficient way to reduce emissions.”

Durango Herald: Republicans can support a carbon tax

Most people probably would agree with The Herald Dec. 20 editorial’s statement that a carbon tax, “no matter how logical, is a nonstarter with the Republican Party.” But after talking with 175 members of Congress or their aides, most of them Republicans, I believe there is a way to win GOP support.