2008 An Inconvient (Electoral) Truth
posted by November 8 at 10:57 AMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Remember how Global Warming was once described by the Republican chairman of the Senate environment committee as a lurid plot by “George Soros, the Hollywood elitists, the far left environmentalists on the committee that I chair—all of them want us to believe the science is settled and it’s not.”
Well. Now it turns out that fickle independents (and some Republican voters) are threatening to desert the party if Republicans don’t change their stance on Global Warming legislation:
In a presentation similar to ones provided to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle in recent days, Ayres illustrates how independents — who were responsible for ousting the GOP majority in 2006 — are unmistakably supportive of swift action to cut carbon emissions and require cuts in carbon dioxide emissions by cars, factories and power plants.
Ayres seemed most surprised that independents and, to a lesser extent, Republicans wanted the U.S. to act even if China and India, two big polluters with rapidly growing economies, did not.
The swing district independent voters said they were much more likely to support a candidate who votes to cut carbon emissions.