Republicans Slowly Warm to Climate Change

Polls show a partisan divide on climate change, but Democrats and Republicans have more in common on the issue than they might think.
As the ice melts off the western Antarctic peninsula and seas rise, the reality of climate change is harder to ignore in Washington, D.C.
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As Hurricane Florence took hold of the Carolinas in mid-September, partisan talk swirled like the winds.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed the Trump administration for listening to “naysayers” who didn't want to switch to clean energy. Fossil fuels, she told reporters, absolutely contributed to the severity of the hurricane: “This is something that we have to look at in a big way, and it’s not served by denial of the facts.”

Former Vice President Al Gore weighed in from a climate conference in San Francisco. “Every night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation, and we’ve got to connect the dots between the cause and the effect,” he said. “Some people evidently can still deny the reality [of climate change]—it’s a little bit harder to deny the 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria last year.”

Rush Limbaugh used his radio show to fight back

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