A new poll out shows that almost 47% of Republicans now think we should do something about climate change. But that something isn’t much. If you look at the actual poll results what you find is resistance to anything that might cause some discomfort to the voters. No on a gas tax increase, no on an increase in taxes on carbon, but tax breaks yes. We have a trend here. People want painless ways to deal with global warming.
And when we get done with what people believe and want, it has little to do with what needs to be done. You know, the pesky little facts as opposed to wishful thinking. What needs to be done, and what is the most effective way to do it? Well we already have the answers from science, but this was a poll about how people feel, which quite frankly I could get a flying … about.
So what do you do with polls in this country? You craft your message of leadership to what people want, not what they need. Then you craft your policies to what they want so you can stay in office while you watch the ship sink. Here is an example of the type of thinking this poll engenders:
Political analysts say the problem for many Republicans is how to carve out a position on climate change that does not turn off voters like Mr. Becker, but that also does not alienate powerful conservative campaign donors. In particular, advocacy groups funded by the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch have vowed to ensure that Republican candidates who support climate change action will lose in primary elections.
You know there was a time in America when we faced a real crisis and we crafted policies to best deal with it and then went out to sell it to the public. It was called leadership. Now-a-days we just see what they want regardless of its effectiveness and package that up in our best messaging. After all reality is now shaped by what people think, not what really is, right? Mother Nature might not cooperate however. Isn’t it wonderful to be in the greatest country in the world? Hey, did you see that Super Bowl commercial about …