Emotions, not science, rule U.S. climate change debate

In the United States, two camps are divided largely along political party lines. More than 70 percent of Democrats say the earth is warming mainly because of human activities such as burning fossil fuels, according to polling data released by the Pew Research Center in January.

In contrast, among Republicans just 27 percent hold this view; more than 40 percent say there is no solid evidence that the planet is getting hotter, and 30 percent say climate change is due mostly to natural environmental patterns.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in January that 2014 was the warmest year since records began in the late 19th century.

U.N. experts believe it’s 95 percent likely that human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, are causing the planet to warm.

Inaction is leading to serious consequences including rising sea levels, wild weather patterns and a loss of biodiversity, scientists say.

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Here’s what I cannot understand. Why is the Republican Party so obstinate? Beyond the special interests (fossil fuel industries) what’s in it for the ‘regular’ GOP voter? It makes no sense. What am I missing here!

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