The Realignment

Republican Party and Climate Change Policy

Hey guys great podcast! I keep on finding myself recommending this show (and a few others like Saagar’s show Rising) to friends that want to expand their thoughts and discussions about where American politics is today and where it might be going in the future. So, again great stuff and keep it going!

My question is about the Republican Party and it’s refusal to acknowledge the real danger that climate change is to the US (and the world).

After watching the V.P. debate this past week, I was not surprised, but still disappointed in both parties responses to climate change...especially Mike Pence’s. I understand why they said what they said about fracking (Pennsylvania) and the Green New Deal, but when thinking about the big picture and longer trajectory of where the GOP is going, I don’t get their ignorance.

I don’t understand how they don’t see the political upside of joining the Democratic Party and every other government in the world, in addressing the very real threat of climate change. In my eyes, I think if the Republican’s change their direction about this issue, it could really help them politically. I don’t think they realize how many independent and Democratic voters (especially young voters) they lose and isolate themselves from because they don’t believe the scientists, the economists, or the U.S. military when they all say it’s the largest threat to our country today.

Therefore, my question is do you foresee in the near future the GOP making a 180-degree turn on this issue and regardless, what are the policy concerns or ideas that you guys have on addressing climate change?

Full disclosure, I am a Gen-Z college student from New Jersey studying the scientific, technical, and policy solutions on how to address climate change so this is an issue I hold in high regard.

Again, great podcast!

Oct. 11, 2020 by Ben from NJ on Apple Podcasts

The Realignment