Climate change denial is an article of faith for Tea Party candidates in today’s mid-term US elections, the New York Times reports.
“Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement… for some, it is a matter of religious conviction; for others, it is driven by distrust of those they call the elites. And for others still, efforts to address climate change are seen as a conspiracy to impose world government and a sweeping redistribution of wealth. But all are wary of the Obama administration’s plans to regulate carbon dioxide, a ubiquitous gas, which will require the expansion of government authority into nearly every corner of the economy”, according to the NYT.
A New York Times/CBS News Poll conducted this month found that only 14% of Tea Party supporters said that global warming is an environmental problem that is having an effect now, compared with 49% of the rest of the public. More than half of Tea Party supporters said that global warming would have no serious effect at any time in the future, while only 15% of other Americans share that entirely erroneous view, the poll found.
And 8% of Tea Party followers volunteered that they did not believe global warming exists at all, compared with just 1% of the rest of the public.
“Groups that help support Tea Party candidates include climate change skepticism in their core message. Americans for Prosperity, a group founded and largely financed by oil industry interests, has sponsored what it calls a Regulation Reality Tour to stir up opposition to climate change legislation and federal regulation of carbon emissions. Its Tea Party talking points describe a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions as “the largest excise tax in history.”
FreedomWorks, another group supported by the oil industry, helps organize Tea Party rallies and distributes fliers urging opposition to federal climate policy, which it calls a “power grab.”
The NYT article goes on to point out that of the 20 Republican Senate candidates in contested races, 19 question the science of global warming and oppose any comprehensive legislation to deal with it, according to a National Journal survey.
These views chime precisely with the fossil fuel industries, “which have for decades waged a concerted campaign to raise doubts about the science of global warming and to undermine policies devised to address it.
“They have created and lavishly financed institutes to produce anti-global-warming studies, paid for rallies and websites to question the science, and generated scores of economic analyses that purport to show that policies to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases will have a devastating effect on jobs and the overall economy.
Their views are spread by a number of widely followed conservative opinion leaders, including Mr. Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, George Will and Sarah Palin, who oppose government programs to address climate change and who question the credibility and motives of the scientists who have raised alarms about it.”
We should know by tomorrow evening if the lunatics have indeed completed their takeover of the asylum.