The Guide to Republicans and Climate Change

Yes, pretty much everyone agrees it’s real — but many aren’t sure we can solve it.

National Journal
Clare Foran and Andrew Mcgill
Feb. 8, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

There is now near un­an­im­ous con­sent among Re­pub­lic­an con­gres­sion­al lead­er­ship and likely 2016 con­tenders that the cli­mate is chan­ging. But that’s as far as the GOP cli­mate con­sensus goes, and it’s a far cry from the con­clu­sion of the vast ma­jor­ity of sci­ent­ists who say that hu­man activ­ity is a primary driver of glob­al warm­ing. Many would-be 2016 con­tenders pub­licly ques­tion the ex­tent to which man-made green­house gas emis­sions con­trib­ute. And few say that the U.S. should take ac­tion to cut emis­sions.