Climate Change Acknowledged by Increasing Number of Republicans, New Poll Finds
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans acknowledge climate change is occurring, and an increasing number of Republicans are also getting on board, new polling shows.
A poll released Thursday from Monmouth University shows that 64 percent of Republicans think climate change is happening, up from 49 percent three years ago—trends that align with poll results released earlier this year from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, which found a growing number of Republicans are beginning to think climate change is a reality under Trump's presidency.
While 82 percent of Democrats and half of independents polled ranked climate change as a "very serious" problem, only a quarter of Republicans said the same—up from just 18 percent three years ago.
As reported by The Guardian:
Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray said he thinks climate-fueled disasters, including the wildfires in California, "have convinced folks that something is going on." But Republicans tend to be less likely to acknowledge that humans are causing the problem.
He said the conclusion for American political candidates is that "the worse the effects of climate change become the more likely people are to believe in it, which is not a very good thing if you're trying to stop it."
For a deeper dive:
- Record Number of Americans Believe in Climate Change: Poll ... ›
- Opinion | Actually, Republicans Do Believe in Climate Change - The ... ›
- Millennial Republicans stand out from elders on climate, energy ›
- In North Carolina, hurricanes did what scientists could not: Convince ... ›
- Pew: Young Republicans Are More Liberal on Climate Change ... ›
The move comes after regional authorities declared a state of emergency over the weekend after sightings of more than 50 bears in the town of Belushya Guba since December.
This year's letter from Bill and Melinda Gates focused on nine things that surprised them. For the Microsoft-cofounder, one thing he was surprised to learn was the massive amount of new buildings the planet should expect in the coming decades due to urban population growth.
"The number of buildings in the world is going to double by 2060. It's like we're going to build a new New York City every month for the next 40 years," he said.
By Shana Udvardy
After a dearth of action on climate change and a record year of extreme events in 2017, the inclusion of climate change policies within the annual legislation Congress considers to outline its defense spending priorities (the National Defense Authorization Act) for fiscal year 2018 was welcome progress. House and Senate leaders pushed to include language that mandated that the Department of Defense (DoD) incorporate climate change in their facility planning (see more on what this section of the bill does here and here) as well as issue a report on the impacts of climate change on military installations. Unfortunately, what DoD produced fell far short of what was mandated.
Trump is losing his rallying cry to save coal. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) voted on Thursday to retire two coal-fired power plants in the next few years despite a plea from the president to keep one of the plants open.
Earlier this week, the president posted an oddly specific tweet that urged the government-owned utility to save the 49-year-old Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky. It so happens that the facility burns coal supplied by Murray Energy Corporation, whose CEO is Robert Murray, is a major Trump donor.