A widening gap republican and democratic views on climate change

  • Dunlap R
  • McCright A
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Abstract

The article discusses the increasing difference in views concerning climate change between the U.S. Democrat and Republican political parties. The author cites several examples of nonpartisan support by former U.S. presidents regarding environmental protection, including the establishment of national parks and forests by Theodore Roosevelt, the creation of the Soil Conservation Service by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and bipartisan environmental legislation during the 1960s and 1970s during Richard Nixon's administration. Further discussion of how and when the situation began to change, the debate over global warming, and statistics related to several Gallup polls regarding global warming, by political party, are presented.

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  • Riley E. Dunlap

  • Aaron M. McCright

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