Sharp divide on climate change between Democrats and Republicans.
|Democrats think climate change is a greater threat than ISIS.||Republicans call this “the triumph of extremism over common sense.”|
|Democrats think climate change is a “real and urgent threat.”||Republicans: “Climate change is far from this nation’s most pressing national security issue.”|
|Democrats want to prosecute global warming skeptics.||Republicans think we have the right to free speech.|
|Democrats call for setting a price on greenhouse gas emissions.||Republicans: Raising taxes on carbon-based fuels is a bad idea.|
|Democrats want to force us to generate half of our electricity from “clean sources” within 10 years.||Republicans: People should have the right to choose.|
|Democrats want to force us to reduce greenhouse emissions (reduce carbon-based fuels) by more than 80%** within 35 years.||
Republicans: People should have the right to choose.
|Democrats call for taxes and regulations that create incentives for renewable energy. (i.e. raise the cost of coal, natural gas, gasoline, oil, and any electricity generated by those sources.)||Republicans: Environmental problems are best solved with “incentives for human ingenuity … not through top-down, command-and-control regulations.”|
|Democrats want to shut down the nation’s coal-fired power plants and bankrupt the coal industry.||Republicans support proven and safe technology to develop our enormous oil and natural gas deposits, create millions of jobs and generate billions in revenues.|
|Democrats call for the Clean Power Plan to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. (The plan was stayed by the Supreme Court in February.)||
Republicans say they will abolish the Clean Power Plan.
|Democrats support the Paris climate accord.||Republicans flatly reject he Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.”|
|Democrats: Increase regulatory powers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)||Republicans: Dismantle the EPA as it now exists. Turn environmental regulation over to the states.|
|Democrats oppose the Keystone pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.||Republicans: Allow completion of the Keystone pipeline.|
|Democrats say global warming is too important to wait for democracy.||Republicans question the scientific integrity of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).|
|** More than 80% below 2005 levels.|
When it comes to non-climate issues, here are a few more outstanding differences:
|Democratics have adopted many of the socialist big-government policies championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.||
Republicans want smaller government and fewer regulations.
|Democrats: Increase the number of Syrian immigrants far above today’s level.||Republicans: Drastically reduce the flow.|
|And then there’s gun control.
Democrats want to take your guns.
|Republicans want you to keep your guns|
As I said, leave out the personalities.
Which party best represents your goals?