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Partisanship Poisons Everything

Ever ask why climate change, a scientific issue, became a partisan political issue? The New Republic looks at the recent partisanship citing a new Gallup poll:

That skepticism about global warming is almost exclusively on the rise among political conservatives. Two years ago, for instance, 50 percent of conservatives believed climate change was already happening—that’s now down to 30 percent.

The post considers a few possible reasons for the increase, but I’m curious why the issue ever became a political issue. I understand different scientists having different opinions on the matter but why, for example, would liberals and conservatives have different opinions on the underlying science not just on the best course of action? The libertarian think-tank CATO for as long as I can remember has been skeptical of climate change. 

I suspect that because if greenhouse gases truly have a large effect on climate change, the government (gasp!) has to correct the “market failure,” which puts no price on such a huge negative externality. That doesn’t easily fit with libertarian and conservatives prejudices. They need to get over it. I always wanted to ask CATO if you were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that climate change is real and is a problem, would you acknowledge the need for government intervention? Their time could be better spent advocating more market friendly solutions. 

(HT: The Daily Dish)

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