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  • Monday, July 23, 2018

    Climate Change Awakenings

    Climate change is finally getting political cred with Republicans

    Amy Harder, July 23, 2018 (Axios)

    “…Some congressional Republicans are beginning to find it in their political interest to at least acknowledge climate change and oppose efforts to weaken existing policies…The subtle but significant shift is fueled by disparate factors, including a stronger economy and President Trump’s dismissive policies on climate…[Unlike the backlash Republicans face for disagreeing with Trump on many issues, polling] shows that most Republican voters don’t penalize their lawmakers for acknowledging climate change is real and a problem, even though Trump openly mocks it…[But polling also] shows climate change remains a low priority for most voters…[and the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus] faces accusations from some environmentalists that it’s mostly an empty effort giving political cover to Republicans…[The record shows it] hasn’t put forth any substantive policies…[But the fact that 42 Republicans have joined] represents a political turning point, considering that the party as a whole has dismissed or denied outright mainstream climate science for most of the past decade…” click here for more

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