As I have harangued, it’s wrong and self-defeating to back down from talking about climate. Political candidates and leaders need to level with us. Climate advocates should be explicit about it, even when the wind is blowing right in our face.
And oh, BTW, it isn’t.
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has just published The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand, which finds:
- A majority of all registered voters (55 percent) say they will consider candidates’ views on global warming when deciding how to vote.
- Among these climate change issue voters, large majorities believe global warming is happening and support action by the U.S. to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.
- Independents lean toward “climate action” and look more like Democrats than Republicans on the issue.
- A pro-climate action position wins votes among Democrats and Independents, and has little negative impact with Republican voters.
- Policies to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and promote renewable energy are favored by a majority of registered voters across party lines.
You don’t need political permission to talk about a crisis.
But just in case, the full study is here.