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How Divisive Will Climate Issues Be for Democrats?

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This is a Presidential year and politics is getting serious. Will climate be a deal maker or a deal breaker for Democrats?

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Climate Tensions Still Running Hot within the Democrat Party

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Christian Science Monitor has written about a fascinating climate split in the Democrat Party, between “cynical” politicians and “young hawks” who see climate as an existential issue. The Democrats’ climate change conundrum A large majority of Democrats are concerned about climate change. But they’re split over how radical the remedies…

The Democrats’ climate change conundrum
A large majority of Democrats are concerned about climate change. But they’re split over how radical the remedies should be.
Climate change is a top liberal priority, but that very urgency is making the issue divisive as much as unifying for Democrats.
A wide rift has opened over a basic question: Just how ambitious should the Democratic Party be in trying to reduce carbon emissions and stabilize Earth’s climate?
Dueling views emerged as supporters of Hillary Clinton faced off against fans of Bernie Sanders in crafting the party’s 2016 platform. The Sanders camp is seeing the platform as a missed opportunity for the party to push for more meaningful action on global warming – notably a carbon tax and a ban on “fracking” as a means of fossil fuel extraction.

The question for Democrats is not whether to ramp up the effort on climate policy, but how and how rapidly.
“It’s a tough issue for both sides to talk about, but particularly for the left side to talk about,” says David Hopkins, a political scientist at Boston College. “When you get down to the specific policies, especially policies like a carbon tax [that] impose costs on voters, then it becomes an uncomfortable topic.”. . . . .

 

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If Mrs. Clinton wins in November, it won't matter what they do, it will be ugly.
 
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