Jun 16 2014
Climate Round-up: Tea-Party’s Libertarian Denialism, Australia’s Tony Abbott, Obama’s UC Irvine Speech, and Public Support for Curbing Climate Change
There was once a time when the idea of curbing climate change was treated as a bi-partisan issue, even if only a small number of elected officials from both parties would come together. But these days, the Republican Party seems to have closed ranks on any and all discussion that climate change is real and man-made and requires immediate action. David Brat, the newly elected Tea Party Republican who beat Eric Cantor is toeing the climate denialist line, as is his colleague Florida Congressman Jeff Miller.
They have some company outside US borders. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is visiting the US, is one of the world’s most high ranking climate deniers.
Yet, a new Bloomberg poll has found that more Americans than ever support taking action to curb climate change, and even more significantly, would pay more for renewably energy sources. So, what’s behind the politician-people divide on this issue?
GUEST: Janet Redman, Director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.