Times are tough right now for those of us who hope to see meaningful climate policy adopted in the United States. New research suggests that the growing partisan divide in acceptance of the general scientific consensus on climate change is even more pronounced among the most scientifically-informed segments of the population, despite that consensus becoming even stronger with time. That’s why the following piece really caught my eye:
While there was great hope for meaningful climate legislation at the beginning of the Obama administration, it was soon overshadowed by the health-care debate and the economic crisis. Even though policies to put a price on carbon are probably non-starters in the current political environment, the conservative Energy and Enterprise Initiative suggests that linking such a policy to cuts in other taxes in a revenue-neutral strategy that doesn’t grow the size of government might be a feasible starting point for future consensus-building. It will be interesting to see if and how this issues plays out over the next three months prior to the election, particularly since the energy and climate messages of both major candidates have evolved over time.