Climate Change a Polarizing Issue Under Obama

Posted April 10, 2014 at 6:00am

Timothy Cama comments on the widening divide between advocates and skeptics over climate change, “with both sides growing more certain of their convictions.”

“Experts and lawmakers broadly agree that climate change has become a more polarizing issue during President Obama’s time in the White House.”

“While Democrats feel that drastic government actions are necessary, Republicans are wary of taking aggressive steps that could stifle the economy, and question whether the scientific proof is strong enough to justify such action.”

“The skepticism of Republicans is exacerbated when Democratic lawmakers and Obama push for new regulations, such as the push for stricter fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.”

“If there is on area of climate change policy where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, it is on energy efficiency. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have strong bipartisan support for legislation they’ve sponsored that would incentivize energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, industry and the federal government.”

Crossposted at Wonk Wire.