POLITICS & CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES

It isn't news that climate change is a politicized hot-button issue with partisan divisions. The resources in this collection examine the political dynamics at play when communicating about climate change and mobilizing support policies.

 

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This report shows ecoAmerica's findings of climate related issues from the American Common Metric Survey.

 

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Georgetown Climate Center conducted a six-part case study that investigates lessons being learned by climate partnerships from around the United States; their goal is to bring local governments and stakeholders together to reduce carbon mitigation.

 

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This report is based on the survey finding from the Yale Program on Climate Change and George Mason University Center for Climate Change to look at how American registered voters view a variety of current and proposed global warming and clean energy policies.

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Morning Consulting conducted a survey from the Glover Park Group poll of Trump voters to gain insight into their opinions towards specific policies and issues.

 

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Climate change impacts will continue to manifest for a long time to come. This guide looks at how the Obama Administration has worked to build a resilience agenda, aimed at creating opportunities that will encourage sustainable action.

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A poll that looks at U.S. attitudes and actions to address climate change in relation to the 2016 election. 

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This article presents 9 key climate change and health related questions often left out of the conversation in this year’s election.

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NextGen Climate/Project New America Battleground Millennial

This survey by NextGen Climate is the first poll exclusively conducted amongst millennials in battleground states to determine their views on policy issues, such as the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency in the next presidential election.
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A report based on the climate attitudes and beliefs of registered voters who initially identified as Republicans or Democrats, who are now leaning toward a particular candidate. 

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A recent survey by Yale and George Mason University researchers shows how Americans’ views on climate change policy initiatives may influence their support of presidential candidates.

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This article highlights a recent discourse at a roundtable in New York where city planners, real-estate developers, and policy makers met to discuss climate change issues. 

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An increasing number of American voters across the political spectrum view global warming as happening and are looking for a government and their community to address the issue.

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Gallup’s poll findings shows that over the last eight years Americans have a stronger interest in climate change and environmental issues. 

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The Essential Research report summarizes Australia’s federal polling which includes questions on climate change.

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A nationwide survey about global warming that asked people for their views on whether global warming will be beneficial or detrimental, about how the president and Congress have responded to it, and what they believe government should do about it.

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Differences between ‘Steadfast Conservatives’ and ‘Business Conservatives’ on support for global warming, environment and energy policies. 

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A survey of registered voters in the U.S. on their views on global warming and how political differences impact their views.

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The tendency of cable news networks to provide ‘both sides’ of a discussion of climate science is leading to inaccurate and misleading coverage.

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Recent polling finds that two-thirds of Americans say there is solid evidence that the earth has been getting warmer over the last few decades, yet partisan differences over climate change remain substantial with significant internal divisions among Republicans.

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Across party lines, voters under 35 support taking action on climate change and see denial of climate change in politicians as a failure of values and leadership. 

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A comparison of record high temperatures in the U.S. by district, with the voting records of district representatives showing that the areas affected most by climate change are also the most likely to deny climate change in Congress. 

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An analysis of American ideological and political polarization over climate change, which finds that liberals and Democrats are more likely to report beliefs consistent with the scientific consensus and express personal concern about global warming than conservatives and Republicans.

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Research findings from a national survey on whether political leaders stand to benefit, or not, from talking about and supporting efforts to address climate change.

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This paper summarizes the results of four studies conducted to determine the effects of political candidates' support of "green" positions on environmental issues such as climate change, and how that position, or opposing "non-green" position, impacts their electoral success.

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An article that describes how the oil, gas and coal industries are financing a large number of television ads promoting drilling and criticizing clean energy in advance of the 2012 Presidential election (a sharp contrast with the 2008 election season when green ads outnumbered those for fossil fuels).

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A national survey from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication examines the beliefs, attitudes, and policy preferences of likely voters across a range of climate change and energy-related issues.

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A survey that investigates the question: "On balance, will candidates for political office benefit or be harmed by talking about and supporting action to reduce global warming?"

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A study of Nevada ranchers and farmers, which found that political orientation and local observations of climate change are the most prominent determinants of risk perception.

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A report asserting that the current fossil fuel based economy is inconsistent with core conservative values and that the Republican Party should not allow "the discussion and treatment of a symptom (climate change) to interfere with addressing the underlying cause of the malady" (energy choices).

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An article on the linguistics of climate change that describes how state lawmakers in Virginia used the term "recurrent flooding" in place of "sea level rise" to avoid political backlash.

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An examination of when and where climate models have appeared in US media, including political opinion outlets, and the ways they have been targeted by climate skeptics who question the validity of the projections.

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Dartmouth College political scientist, Brendan Nyhan, describes how partisans reject information when it produces painful cognitive dissonance that clashes with their loyalties and how this phenomenon shifts the political landscape. He suggests that positive self-perception can influence people's willingness to accept facts that challenge their pre-existing worldviews.

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A national survey looks at the economic and political question of whether Americans support a national clean energy standard and how much of a household electricity rate increase is politically feasible in Congress.

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A Stanford University survey looked at the effect of cooler temperatures in 2011 and climate skeptic rhetoric expressed by Republican Party presidential candidates on the American public's support of climate change policies.

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Naomi Klein explains her thesis that confronting climate change requires a radical shift in politics and the economy, as well as her political philosophy on the cultural worldviews that underlie why people accept or deny climate change. 

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This chapter from "The Politics of Climate Change" (edited by Maxwell Boykoff) looks at the cognitive, affective and behavioral challenges to fostering public engagement in climate change policy in the developed world and the structural, institutional and economic issues that should be considered when addressing different groups. 

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An article on how climate change has become a "four-letter word" in Washington and some of the reasons behind its steady disappearance from the U.S. political agenda.

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A poll of American public opinion on global warming in light of the 2011 GOP primary debates, which finds that while acceptance of global warming is on the rise from 2010, the public is divided politically regarding the cause, and skeptics have become more entrenched in their thinking.

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An article that examines the forces behind "Climategate," the politicization of climate science and the role scientists can play as communicators.

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A study examining the role of the conservative movement in the U.S.'s failure to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

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An examination of public opinion on global warming across political ideologies over the past decade.

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Research and polls on climate change and how political partisans impact position on climate change beliefs and motivations.

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A summary report of key findings from regional surveys of 9,500 Americans in 2010-2011 regarding their understanding of and beliefs about climate change and links to political affiliation.

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