Should Candidates Be Talking About Climate Change?

During the campaigning, would your vote be influenced by a candidates' ideas about climate change?


This week's primary followed the . and now that we have a new set of candidates (and maybe we’ve lost touch with our current legislators’ views, if we ever knew them) do you want to know each candidates' stance on climate change?

According to a new study from Yale’s Center on Climate Change Communication, it showed that “55 percent of registered voters say that the candidates’ views on global warming will factor into their decisions in the polling booth.”

Here are some highlights from the study:

  • A majority of all registered voters (55%) say they will consider candidates' views on global warming when deciding how to vote.
  • Among these climate change issue voters, large majorities believe global warming is happening and support action by the U.S. to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.
  • Independents lean toward “climate action” and look more like Democrats than Republicans on the issue.
  • A pro-climate action position wins votes among Democrats and Independents, and has little negative impact with Republican voters.
  • Policies to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote renewable energy are favored by a majority of registered voters across party lines.
  • These patterns are found nationally and among ten swing states.

An earlier report, also published by Yale, found that measures taken on global warming and clean energy fronts should be priorities. Not only might they improve the environment, they could become economic drivers.

According to the study, those polled, “a majority also say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports a "revenue neutral" tax shift from income taxes to fossil fuels, and that global warming will be one of the issues that determines their vote for President this fall.”

The New York Times cited a Stanford-Washington University study that showed skepticism of climate change and scientists is rising. But, “nearly three-quarters of those polled still say the earth is probably warming.”

Clinton Citizen August 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Climate change, or more importantly the effects of climate change require a long term strategy for energy consumption and production. Whether it is for heating, or cooling, or the doubling of the earths population in the next fifty years, the energy required to meet future demands for everyone, not just Americans should be a top priority.We live in a global community and need to continue to drive policy that way.
Scott Leone August 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Any national candidate that intentionally shifts attention from the economy to climate change is not worth following. Local candidates should be trying to reduce energy costs, promote energy tax credits for homeowners and businesses and import or create jobs related to energy. "Green" must be addressed with both ecological and economic connotations.
Vindaloo August 19, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The condition of our home (Earth) should be the first concern since it directly and indirectly effects our the economy,our the health and the future of the entire world.
Scott Leone August 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
If you had a home on the shoreline that was being threatened by rising ocean levels, and if someone gave you money to raise the level of your home or property, would rather pay a contractor, or pay the government?
Vindaloo August 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This isn't about fixing problems after they happen. It's about preventing the problems or turning them around before they get worse. The contractor can fix the house, but can't do much to change the situation that caused it and keep it from happening to others. Don't forget, when we have a situation that effects us, we usually look to the Gov't for help (ex. blight ordinance).
DHHS CLASS OF 1971 August 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Anthropomorphic climate change is a bunch of BS. You may want to look at the articles in Time, Newsweek, and the NYT in 1975 on how to prepare for the oncoming ice age. Carbon Dioxide levels are at a 20 year low. ( it is a trace gas anyway measured at 0.039% ) http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100017393/climategate-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-anthropogenic-global-warming/
Vindaloo August 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The article is interesting, but old news. Consider the source, and, more importantly, read the very detailed comments. I encourage people to check out this article. Thanks for the info.
Jane Scully Welch August 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM
CHARLES J NEWFIELD August 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Anyone who lives on the CT Shore should be concerned about climate change. We all live in an area that will be heavily impacted. Global warming isn't a theory it is a fact!
Kevin Price August 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
To spend time, energy and resources even pontificating about this 'global warming' issue, when nobody seems to be able to make a convincing argument either way, is incredibly idiotic. The pro-global-warming zealots I speak with say the evidence is "indisputable" while the anti-global-warming zealots I speak with say the evidence shows that anything "conclusive" is simply stupid. Until we all have some idea what reality is, why are we wasting our time debating this issue?
Debbie Lundgren August 20, 2012 at 03:03 AM
In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its commissioned report stating that 'global warming is unequivocal' and that 'human activity is the main driver, with a 90-99% certainty that heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the observed warming of the last 50 years'. Since the release of this report, no scientific body of national or international standing has maintained a dissenting opinion. More recently, in 2009, the U. S. Global Change Research Program reported that 'global warming observed over the past 50 years is due mainly to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases, coming mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, with important contributions coming from clearing of forests, agricultural practices and other activities... Climate-related changes have already been observed globally and in the United States. These include increases in air and water temperatures, reduced frost days, increased frequency and intensity of heavy downpours, a rise in sea level, and reduced snow cover, glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. ' The 11 hottest years since thermometer records became available in 1860 have all occurred between 1995 and 2011, with 2010 being the hottest on record - that is, until the summer of 2012. I believe climate change is the most serious threat we face nationally and globally. Any candidate who has the courage to address this issue will get my vote and my support.
Vindaloo August 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The evidence is very strong and the stakes are very high.
DHHS CLASS OF 1971 August 20, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Debbie. Save your money for your kids if you are so blessed. The I.P. C. C. is about raising all of our taxes for BOGUS claims about man made global warming, "The Sky is falling! The Sky is falling! The Sky is falling! , oh and send me money! Send me money!! Send me money!!! " You wrote: " no scientific body of national or international stading as maintained a dissenting opinion." Really? The I.P.C.C. and the UN is coming for our money using their B.S. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/23/breaking-news-scientist-admits-ipcc-used-fake-data-to-pressure-policy-makers/
Vindaloo August 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
DHHS, the article you reference is old news and written by a very unreliable source known for lying and exaggerating. I would post some links for info about the author but I think you're responsible for doing so before using such a source. What is evident is that so many people in the world are weak in the understanding of math and science, even just the foundations. What a shame.
Pete August 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
My thoughts exactly Scott.
Pete August 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Global warming is a fact but the change that is happening is caused by the planet itself more so than the people that live on it. The difference we make is so small that it may not even be noticed if we all get on board. I do my part with recycling and reducing my carbon footprint.
Vindaloo August 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Economy and climate change go hand in hand. Watch food prices rise. But I agree with the rest of your comment. It's not one or the other. Both are critical issues.
Pete August 20, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Look for the article saying how bad it is and you will find it. Then look for the article calling it all made up and you will find it. Global warming is mainly the earths evolution and the human damage is a very small part of the equation.
Vindaloo August 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
True, you can always find what you're looking for on the internet. But....10 billion people on the planet and dwindling resources is not a small equation. I'm no expert, very far from it, but I have a science background and degree along with being a business owner. I draw my conclusions from what I Do know. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I do feel strongly about the subject of climate change and the effects of it on our economy and our health. I would not want any candidate to focus on just one of these issues. One cannot be addressed without the other in order to bring balance and move forward in a more stable and sustainable society.
DHHS CLASS OF 1971 August 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Catherine Zamacnik - thanks for your thoughtful comments. Pete, that goes for you as well. The earth now has 7.034 billion humans on it. July was very hot here in the US. If you look at climate records over the last 15 years, the earth has been cooling. The earth has been going through these cycles for millions of years. In 1997, during the Clinton administration, a world wide conference was held in Kyoto, Japan to discuss global warming / climate change. This conference produced what is called the Kyoto Protocol. Please "Google" it.....it is quite interesting. When this protocol was presented to the US senate on July 25, 1997 for a vote of approval, it was defeated by a bi-partisan vote of 95 to 0. It had several flaws that were well understood: It set very ambitious and costly targets that the citizens of the US must hit, while allowing emissions from the developing world to rise totally unchecked. China and India included. WoW. So half of the population of the world gets a free pass on climate change / global warming but the Yanks must dig deeper to pay for this overt unproven and theoretical hyperbole. What a shame. What a scam! The sky is falling!! To their credit, Presidents, Clinton, Bush and Obama have not attempted to ram this through the senate in over 15 years. Here is an interesting article from a professor at my alma mater: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-440869/Global-warming-bogus-religion-age.html


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