The Politics of Global Warming

Dean Bonner, Associate Survey Director, Public Policy Institute of California

The Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, was passed with bipartisan support and signed by Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. The law—which requires state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions—received strong majority support (65%) among Californians when the PPIC Statewide Survey first asked about it in July 2006, with strong majorities of Democrats (67%), Republicans (65%), and independents (68%) in favor. Overall support for the law remains strong: in our July 2014 survey, 68 percent of Californians said they favored it. But the partisan makeup of the supporters has changed significantly. While support among Democrats and independents has remained solid, it has gradually decreased among Republicans. Today, 81 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents favor the law, but only 39 percent of Republicans do.

What happened?

We have found that this partisan divide is linked to two main factors. The first is the increasingly common belief among Republicans that global warming is not imminent. Fewer Republicans today say the effects of global warming have already begun (47% 2006, 35% today) or that global warming poses a serious threat to California (57% 2006, 48% today). Attitudes among Democrats and independents have not changed much. The second factor is rising concern among Republicans that addressing global warming will affect the economy and jobs.

You can read the rest of the article HERE. It is clear that Republican are not buying the Democrats global warming religion and are growing concerned about the economic cost of AB-32 and the hidden gas taxes. Have you heard the radio ads by the California Drivers Alliance?

On January 1, 2015, a new hidden gasoline tax will go into effect. With prices already around $4.00 per gallon, this new tax is expected to increase the cost of gas between 16 cents and 76 cents per gallon, according to state officials. There is still time to stop it, but we must act now. Contact state officials today and urge them to put the brakes on this new hidden gas tax!

Smart Republicans, Dumb Democrats and Independents.  Which are you?  Why?

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to The Politics of Global Warming

  1. Sean says:

    Smart Republican dumb Democrat?? Come on Russ, it depends upon your perspective. The Democrats have been trying to pass a 50 cent/gal gas tax for a couple of decades now but could not get their own constituents to go along let alone Republicans because they knew it was a regressive tax. Along comes climate change and voila, save the world through cap and trade and the costs are paid by the big evil oil companies. AB32 has been on the books for nearly a decade, even survived a referendum to repeal it, because the costs didn’t start trickling in until now and will build over the next 5 years.
    So the gods of politics have acceded to the desires those that want to tax energy at a high rate in the state of California. Now with the bills ready to hit people’s pocketbooks Latino Democrats whose constituents are the working poor are suddenly looking at delaying AB32’s implementation. Unfortunately, they’ll soon learn money is the only thing that talks in politics.


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