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The new politics of global warming



The new politics of global warming

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Getty Images photos: Ethan Miller and Chip Somodevilla The 2020 election is both very different and very familiar when it comes to the politics of global warming and the stakes of the outcome.

What’s new: Democratic voters are more concerned than in prior presidential cycles, polling shows. “It became one of the top priorities for the base of one of our two parties,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, a Yale analyst of public views on climate. “For the first time, there was a real climate vote in the primaries.”

In addition, the devastating West Coast wildfires are putting fresh focus on global warming’s contribution to extreme weather as the race enters the homestretch.

Why it matters: The policy gap has never been wider. Joe Biden’s platform is more aggressive than Hillary Clinton’s four years ago, and goes far beyond anything floated or implemented under former President Obama.

President Trump rejects consensus climate science and is unwinding Obama-era policies.

Yes, but: Here’s the familiar part. Polling shows an extremely durable partisan divide. For instance, Pew Research Center polling this year showed that 78% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said climate should be a top government priority, […]

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