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'Just a lot of alarmism': Trump's skepticism or climate science is echoed across GOP

Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said falsely in the lead-up to her campaign that the Earth has started to cool,…

Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said falsely in the lead-up to her campaign that the Earth has started to cool, and argued inaccurately that scientists have not reached a consensus on climate change.

In Florida, which has been pummeled by hurricanes, Sen.-elect Rick Scott has acknowledged rising and warmer seas could be harmful to his state but will not attribute it to human activity.

And Sen. John Neely Kennedy, who is expected to announce Monday whether he will run for Louisiana governor, told reporters last week that while the Earth may be getting hotter, “I’ve seen many persuasive arguments that it’s just a continuation of the warming up from the Little Ice Age. “

As President Trump’s rejection of climate science isolates the United States on the world stage, illustrated by the small US delegation dispatched to this week’s United Nations climate summit in Poland, he has also presided over a transformation in the Republican Party &#821

1; placing climate change skepticism squarely in the GOP’s ideological mainstream.

Where the last Republican president, George W. Bush, acknowledged at den jord var varmere og at “en stigning i drivhusgasser forårsaget af mennesker er medvirkende til problemet”, den rådende GOP-visning som blev udtrykt på kampanjens spor i år, og som er tiltrukket af mange medlemmer af kongressen, er bygget på den falske premiss at klimaforskning is an open question.


President Trump introduces Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) At a rally last month in Chattanooga, Tenn. Blackburn, who was elected to the U.S. Senate, has said there is no scientific consensus on climate change.

The House Climate Solutions Caucus, co-founded in 2016 by Rep. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

The small number of voices supporting the science have been largely drowned out. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) And once thought of as a catalyst for climate-friendly legislation, lost 24 of its 45 Republican members to retirement or election defeat this year – including Curbelo. An analysis by the Liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund found that 61 percent of Republicans in Congress have in some way raised doubts about climate change, deflected the question, claimed that the climate is always changing, or questioned the extent to which humans contribute to climate change.

As a result, the two major political parties, which have long ago largely shared a fundamental view on the challenges posed by climate change, are now battling over the credibility of science and facts – a fight that is shaping up as a potentially defining issue of the 2020 presidential campaign.

“There are some things that began to emerge as a consensus, which is Republicans had said the climate is changing, and we are going to have to do something about it, “Said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was a top economic adviser to Bush and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. “The president’s attitude makes it harder because he denies it’s even changing. . . . This puts us back into gridlock again. “

The skeptics’ impact on U.S. Policy has been laid in recent days. Trump shrugged off his administration’s 1,600-page report outlining the severe threats of climate change. Dan, over de weekend, zijn team beveiligde taal in een gezamenlijke verklaring uitgegeven door een groep van 20 leiders over het weekend carving out a separate U.S. position on climate goals and reaffirming the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

That Earth’s temperature is rising is not in dispute among most scientists or other world leaders. A 2013 report that analyzed scientific papers studying climate change found that, of those papers that took a position on the matter, 97 percent endorsed the idea that humans are causing global warming.

The planet has warmed almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit above late 19th -century levels, and scientists say that unless carbon emissions fall sharply in the coming years, the worst consequences of climate change will be unavoidable.

Pope Francis called for a “revolution” to combat climate change, saying the consensus was clear and “Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain.”

But after the US Government released its long-awaited climate assessment on Nov. 23, Most Republicans followed Trump’s lead in downplaying the catastrophic warnings of more wildfires and flooding, human health damage, and a significant hit to the U.S. economy.

“Our climate changes always, and we see those ebb and flows through time,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Said that while the report is important, there is too much “alarmism” around climate science.

“I think the real question, though, becomes what do you do about it? Fordi du ikke kan lovgive eller regulere din vej i fortiden, “sagde han på” Fox News Sunday. “” Right now, you do not hear a lot of people who put climate as a No. 1 issue, you do not hear a lot of them offering constructive, innovative solutions for the future – it’s usually just a lot of alarmism. “

Polling suggests there has been movement among the electorates. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans believe the world’s climate is changing, according to a recent Monmouth University survey, a jump from 49 percent three years ago.

Among Democrats, 92 percent say that climate change is occurring – and 82 percent say they consider it “very serious.” Among independents, 78 percent believe in it.

“President Trump is becoming a real caricature of climate disputation,” said Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina who now runs a group called republic som forsøker å overbevise konservative til klimaforandringer. “The public is coming to much greater awareness and understanding of the challenge, and he persists in this basically superstitious denial of data.”

Inglis said he saw some positive signs in recent days – such as Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.), who once denied climate change, calling for both parties to fight it – but also the reason for pessimism.

“There are still disappointments along the way,” Inglis said. “But I think that’s the way it is any time you’re trying to do something very big. Even in burgerrechten, het was twee stappen vooruit, een stap terug. That’s what we’re dealing with here. “

Several of those questionsing the science – including Blackburn and Kennedy – did not respond to requests for comment.

Asked about Scott’s reticence to talk about climate change – he often says, “I’m not a scientist,” and his campaign website’s section on the environment never mentioned climate change – a spokesman pointed to some of his efforts as Florida’s governor.

Scott has supported increased funding for the State Department of Environmental Protection and implemented a $ 3.6 million program aimed at preparing coastal communities for the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels.

Asked in October whether Hurricane Michael demonstrated the effects of climate change, he appeared to acknowledge that sea temperatures were rising but dismissed the cause as inexplicable.

“Here’s what we know: This storm came up really fast. And the waters were hot, “he said.” Do we all know why that happened? None of us know why that happened. “

Danielle Pletka, a foreign policy expert at the Conservative American Enterprise Institute, was criticized last week after an appearance on NBC’s” Meet the Press “during which she questioned climate change and said,” We should not be hysterical. “

In an interview, she said she was taken aback by the criticism, some of which said she was wrong to claim that the world had just experienced two of the coldest years since the 1980s. Police Fact, noting that they were actually among the warmest, rated her claim false.

“I never realized this is an issue people are mentally incompetent, verging on – hysteria is not the right word, it’s worse than that,” Pletka said . “I do not know if it’s all wrapped up with the antipathy towards Trump and the Trump derangement that has afflicted so many people.”

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who has become a staunch Trump ally since running against him for president in 2016, has consistently attempted to push his party to address climate change. He worked in 2010 with then-Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) Two tries to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation, an effort that ultimately failed. Graham has endorsed a carbon tax and challenged his party to stop giving credence to the outliers who question the science.

“Here’s a question that you need to ask everybody running as a Republican: What is the Republican Party’s environmental policy?” Graham said on CNN during his 2016 presidential campaign. “When I ask that question, I get a blank stare.”

Graham did not comment on Trump’s response to the recent climate assessment, and he declined a request for an interview on the topic. His spokesman said that his views have not changed.

Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) also has sounded alarms within his party, saying that he believes climate change is happening and that humans are a factor. Under hans senatkampagne i august, sagde han at det forandrede klimaet ville gøre viltfires mere vanlige og mere farlige i Utah.

Under en adresse før studenter i St. Petersburg. Louis last year, Romney said he was “concerned about the anti-scientific attitude” from members of his party.

“I happen to believe that there is climate change, and I think humans contribute to it in a substantial way, and Derfor ser jeg med åpenhet til alle de ideer som kan være i stand til å adressere det, “sa han.” Det er ikke meningen, at jeg er en oppskrift for katastrofe. . . It’s going to require presidential leadership. “

But over the past week, Romney has not commented on Trump’s comments or the climate assessment that came out. He rejected requests for an interview.

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